Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.98
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2011
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George Mason University
Tier2-2: Employee Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Janet Walker
Work/Life Communications Coordinator
Human Resources & Payroll
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Does the institution have an employee assistance or wellness program that provides counseling, referral, and well-being services to employees?:

A brief description of the employee wellness program, policy, or practice:

George Mason University (Mason) has a range of employee wellness services including counseling, referral, and well-being services. Mason's health benefits (a choice of a PPO, HMO, and HDHP) includes an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides up to 4 free visits per instance on a range of issues including:

--marital and family problems
--child or adult care issues
--alcohol and/or drug abuse
--balancing work and family
--depression and anxiety
--work-related concerns
--financial or legal problems
--career transition issues
--personal growth and development

The EAP also has an extensive library of resources available on nearly 200 different personal and professional topics – everything from “acute stress disorder” to “working with others”. Non-benefits eligible employees can call Mason's Employee Relations office for referral to services within the community.

The health insurance plans also covers wellness at 100% including, but not limited to, a routine annual check up, routine immunizations, two routine dental check ups, pap test, mammography, prostate exam, and colonoscopy.

Additionally, as a public university in Virginia, Mason’s employees have access to CommonHealth, the wellness benefit for state employees. CommonHealth includes:

--Preparing for Parenthood (Prenatal program)
--Quit for Life (Smoking Cessation)
--WeightWatchers (50% reimbursement for eligible employees)
--Area fitness center discounts
--Quarterly programming that can be brought into individual departments upon request on topics such as “Home Safe Home”, “Take a Break” (stress reduction), “Outdoor Adventures” and “Every Calorie Counts.”

Beginning in 2008, Mason created an interdepartmental effort to highlight wellness at the university. Currently over 20 departments participate in “Wellness by Mason” encouraging the Mason community to address three pillars of wellness: exercise, general wellness and preventive screenings. Partners within Wellness by Mason offer a range of services and events including:

--Free (through our health insurance plans) or very low cost ($5 from Student Health Services) flu shots on campus
--Resolution Solution (a friendly exercise competition)
--Happy Heart Walk
--Victim’s Annual 5K Run/Walk
--Mason Walk In’ (an indoor walking program)
--Walking Wednesdays and Take a Walk Tuesdays
--Life Planning Seminars

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
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