The University of Michigan was recently named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America in recognition of its efforts to incorporate effective employee wellness programs and practices into the University workplace.
The University of Michigan employs more than 43,000 people across its three campuses and health system, and about half of them actively participate each year in MHealthy, the University’s employee wellness program.
MHealthy launched in 2009 as part of a long-term plan to improve health at the University of Michigan. The program is available to University employees and features, among other things: an annual health assessment; onsite wellness screenings and flu shots; counseling and coaching services; numerous physical activity programs offered throughout campus buildings; healthy eating, weight management, stress management, and alcohol management programs; tobacco treatment, back care and ergonomic services, and online programs. Many of these programs are also available to employee spouses and other qualified adults.
To support these programming elements and to encourage understanding and engagement, the University established an extensive network of more than 350 wellness champions across all campus locations. These individuals work to promote the program, educate employees about the University’s commitment to wellness, and reinforce the culture of health.