Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) was recently recognized with a Silver Award through the 2019 WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Program presented by the Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Collaborative. Awards were distributed at the WEWILL WorkHealthy Lunch Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 13, at AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center. USF was one of eight Will County organizations recognized at the event for their workplace wellness programming.

“USF has embraced wellness initiatives for employees since 2014. The vision of wellness at USF is to communicate and emphasize the value of a healthier lifestyle, which can lead to fewer medical costs and improve the quality of our employees’ lives. I honestly believe that the variety of programming and the support of the leadership at USF to promote and fund the programming lead to the university being honored for its wellness initiatives this year,” said Molly Knapczyk, Benefits, and Compensation & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for USF.

USF employees are encouraged to participate in a 28-week Wellness Challenge that offers activities designed to increase awareness of physical, mental, and financial wellness. The University starts its wellness initiative with a health fair and ends it with employees participating on the USF team for the student-run national Association of Outdoor Education (AORE) Campus Challenge. During the initiative, USF’s wellness efforts include Mindfulness Meditation on Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesday events, yoga classes on Thursdays, and employee walking groups that meet at two USF campuses midday to walk for thirty minutes, three days a week. USF also encourages employees to visit their doctor for their annual physical along with completing an annual health assessment.  

The Will County Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Collaborative first implemented the WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Program in 2013 as a way to recognize the wellness efforts of workplaces across Will County. Since then, award winners are recognized annually for their commitment to the improvement of employee health in six main workplace areas, including Health Promotion/Education, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Environmental Health, Nutrition, and Safety.  Visit willcountymapp.org for more information.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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