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University of Memphis Named a Healthier Tennessee Workplace
Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

August 4, 2014 - The University of Memphis has been named a recipient of the Healthier Tennessee Workplace Award.

Healthier Tennessee is an initiative of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, which promotes healthy workplace conditions at businesses across the state.

The U of M was recognized for its Memphis Healthy U programs that encourage faculty, staff and students to move more, eat healthier and be tobacco free. These include the Midday Moves physical activity program, weekly nutrition seminars, Tiger Bike Share and other initiatives.

“This is only the beginning of our efforts and we look forward to partnering not only with local businesses and organizations, but with the state of Tennessee to ensure we are not only one of the top places to work, but also one of the healthiest,” said Maria Alam, assistant vice president and chief Human Resources officer for the U of M.

Memphis Healthy U is a collaboration between the Department of Human Resources, School of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Sciences, Loewenberg School of Nursing, Student Health Services, Campus Recreation and Intramural Services, Student Involvement, Tiger Athletics, Alumni Association, Tiger Dining Services/Aramark, SGA and numerous other University departments.

“The University of Memphis is delighted to be recognized for our efforts to support a healthy campus environment,” said Dr. Marian Levy, assistant dean of the U of M’s School of Public Health. “Through Memphis Healthy U, we encourage the entire campus community to ‘move more, eat healthier and be tobacco free.’”

The U of M participated in the Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health initiative. These participating organizations became the first group to qualify for the Healthier Tennessee Workplace recognition.

More information on Memphis Healthy U activities can be found at

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