Queen's wins healthy workplace award
Queen's recently won a healthy workplace award at Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health's Workplace Wellness conference held in early June. Shannon Casteels, Workplace Advisor, Health and Wellness Programs, Human Resources, accepted the award on behalf of the university.
The Healthy U at Queen's program was developed in late 2006 as a health and wellness initiative to centralize the many existing programs and offer health-specific programs and workshops to all employees. With more than 4,000 employees representing various occupations and faculties on campus, the diversity of health and wellness needs is vast.
There are many wellness facets on campus, including Athletics and Recreation programs, multiple libraries, the Chaplin's office, and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. These areas administer many of their own programs and courses ranging from "Lifting through Lunch" and "Lifting through Breakfast" weightlifting programs for women over the lunch hour, to certification in CPR and first aid.
There is also an interactive Healthy U at Queen's website filled with monthly health tips, articles, links, and updates about initiatives from around campus. The site is available at: http://healthyu.hr.queensu.ca/index.html
A health risk assessment was also conducted last year to get a better understanding of the current health needs and practices of our staff, says Ms. Casteels. “The feedback was fantastic, and many of the areas of interest are further being examined and implemented,” she said upon acceptance of the award.
Healthy U at Queen's has also run two highly successful health fairs highlighting Queen's services and services from the community, as well as educating employees.