USF is Healthiest Workplace

By BRETT ARAKAWA, USF NEWS Posted Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:12

USF was recently recognized as one of the healthiest workplaces in the country for the fourth straight year, putting the university in an elite group of organizations that cultivate best health practices.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recognized USF with a silver medal and praised the university’s GoUSF program in particular. The program has been instrumental in improving employee health and wellness. 

GoUSF offers weekly walking and running meetups, on-campus yoga, free Koret gym membership, and healthy dining options. The program also puts on the annual Dons Spirit Walk, a mile-long loop around the Hilltop campus.

Leading 20 Jesuit schools

In addition, USF staff and faculty participate in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities' Go Move Challenge, a month-long competition between 20 Jesuit colleges and universities across the nation. In February, 552 employees logged more than 7,200 hours of physical activity to win first place for the third time in the challenge’s five-year history.

“To be recognized for the fourth year in a row is a huge accomplishment because the AHA award program is always developing, and the criteria for achieving an award is becoming more rigorous and specific,” says Suzy Kisylia, wellness program manager. 

Smoke-free campus

This summer, USF took another step toward student, faculty, and staff health by becoming a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. It joins more than 1,800 colleges nationwide that are tobacco free. The university offers free stop smoking sessions and those trying to quit the habit can receive nicotine replacement aids from Health Promotion Services.

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