Parkland College is one of six Champaign County recipients of the first Illinois Healthy Worksite designations.
A panel discussion with the award recipients will be held today at Human Kinetics, 1607 N. Market St. in Champaign. The event is free and open to the public. Parkland's Healthy Worksite Award panelist will be June Burch, coordinator of the school's Wellness Center. She will be accompanied by Carle Wellness Coordinator Steve Furrow; Stuart Smith, Illinois Terminal director and Wellness Committee chair, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District; Brandon Meline, director of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's Maternal and Child Health Management; Elizabeth Borman, assistant human resources manager for the City of Urbana; and Josh Stone, acquisitions editor and former Wellness Committee chair for Human Kinetics.
"Parkland's campus does an awful lot in terms of wellness," Burch said. "On the one hand, some of our services are obvious: we offer a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Wellness Center services, blood drives, flu clinics, and free chair massages.
"But other healthy worksite practices are not as obvious, such as our great employee health benefits, weight reduction programs, the Great American Walking Challenge, our Employee Assistance Program, and stress/time management classes offered through Community Education. Even our sustainability initiatives, like installing water fountains that accommodate tall reusable bottles, are all about maintaining a healthy campus environment—the list goes on and on."
The newly created Illinois Healthy Worksite designation recognizes workplaces with healthy practices that benefit both employers and employees. The designation is sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Health and Fitness, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Parkland was one of only 28 worksites in Illinois granted the designation, out of 58 that applied.
The three-year award includes Gold, Silver and Bronze achievement levels. Award recipients will receive statewide recognition and a certificate of achievement from the governor’s office.
Employers can apply for the Illinois Healthy Worksite designation by submitting an application to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District can assist with the application process. Future award recipients will be announced in April and October each year.