Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
April 2, 2014 - For the second year in a row, the Memphis Business Journal has named
the University of Memphis as one of the Mid-South's Healthiest Employers in the 500+
employees category. The MBJ recently recognized and rewarded companies and organizations
that work to create a healthy workplace through a commitment to wellness and health
programs at an annual breakfast.
Memphis Healthy U, the University's community wellness initiative, was recognized
as an exemplary program for providing campus-wide environmental support for students,
faculty, staff and visitors to "move more, eat healthier and be tobacco free." The
Department of Human Resources is part of the steering committee for Memphis Healthy
"Being recognized as one of the Mid-South's Healthiest Employers attracts potential
employees to the University of Memphis through demonstrating our commitment to health
and wellness in the workplace," said Robynn Hopkins, Human Resources associate and
Memphis Healthy U committee member.
Free events such as weekly nutrition seminars, Midday Moves activities like yoga,
healthier food options offered through Tiger Dining and no-cost BMI and blood pressure
checks, have helped the campus community adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Mid-South companies were invited to participate in a survey that measured their workplace
wellness efforts. Survey data and an online assessment tool measured wellness programming
in six key categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components,
strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and
reporting and analysis.
For more information on Memphis Healthy U, visit www.memphis.edu/memphishealthyu or follow Midday Moves on Facebook and Twitter.