Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
PAE-T2-5: Employee Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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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:

Iowa State University has a nutrition clinic, which offers nutrition counseling/health coaching and other programming. The university has also encouraged participation in Live Healthy Iowa, a state-wide team-based wellness challenge. Employees have tracked minutes of activity and/or weight loss through this program since 2003. Also, through the Wellness Works program, employees are made aware of various events and initiatives they can participate in, including different walks and races, and more specific events/initiatives, such as:

•ExerCYse is Medicine
•Pedometer Challenge
•Dance for the Health of It
•Cooking Demos
•Table Tent Materials
•Recipe Booklets
•Sustainable Eating Challenge
•Healthy Recipe contests

Other provided resources include health screenings and memberships to on-campus gyms and fitness centers. Fitness assessments include accurate measurements of body mass index, body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular fitness. Health Screenings provide individualized information concerning:

•Ideal Body Weight
•Prognosis of coronary artery disease and/or other diseases
•Muscular Endurance

Finally, Iowa State University offers an online lifestyle change class, which is offered at a minimal/subsidized cost to employees. Most of the cost is refunded to those who complete the program. Class highlights include:

•Focusing on healthier eating strategies and sustainable healthy lifestyle habits- mindful eating and physical activity
•Strategies for behavior change is the focus—not just education

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
+ Date Revised: June 20, 2014

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