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To be nationally recognized as an employment environment that integrates a healthy lifestyle with the lifelong pursuit of excellence, faith, leadership and service to others.
Our mission is to develop a well workplace that meets national guidelines and is recognized by national awards. The Marquette Employee Wellness program seeks to develop a culture of health and wellness and promote healthy lifestyle choices for employees. Our mission is to foster Marquette community members to take an increased responsibility for their own healthy lifestyle through an integrated approach to health promotion activities, participations in educational programs, increase awareness of resources and initiatives related to Marquette employees health and wellness, guided exercise sessions, nutritional education, health screening, and health insurance incentives.
Marquette University has received a Gold Well Workplace Award from The Wellness Council of America for its employee wellness program. WELCOA recognizes organizations throughout the country with Well Workplace Awards for their commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.
According to WELCOA, Marquette’s Well Workplace Award indicates that the university integrates health promotion into the way the university operates and demonstrates that Marquette is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of its employees.
“Marquette University has clearly demonstrated that it has made a tangible commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees,” said David Hunnicutt, president of the Wellness Council of America. “By meeting the rigorous standards necessary to achieve the Gold Well Workplace Award, Marquette has demonstrated that it is world-class in its approach to workplace wellness.”
Marquette launched its wellness program in January 2009 to develop a culture of health and wellness, promote healthy lifestyle choices for employees and serve as a centralized source of employee wellness information. All employees were surveyed to determine their wellness needs and interests. Wellness programming developed during 2009 included initiatives addressing nutrition, smoking cessation, health management, exercise and stress management, as well as a running group and blood pressure screenings.
Marquette is one of 34 award winners who are part of the Well City Milwaukee initiative, a coordinated effort to receive Well City status from WELCOA and improve the health and well-being of the workforce in Milwaukee.
A Wellness Implementation Committee, established by the Office of the Provost, was formed in August, 2009. This committee will coordinate and promote wellness programming that already exists; and plan, create and evaluate new programs. Committee members were appointed by their respective dean or vice president to three year terms. The committee is chaired by Dr. Paula Papanek, associate professor of exercise science.