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Week of December 13, 2010

U-M achieves WELCOA Well Workplace ‘gold’

U-M has been recognized by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) with a 2010 Well Workplace Gold designation. The Well Workplace Awards are given to organizations that fully embrace their responsibility for improving the health and well-being of their employees.

Gold designation signifies an organization that is developing comprehensive programs that produce results and are a strategic and integral part of the business.

“We have worked hard to make health and well-being a part of the fabric of the university’s culture,” says Dr. Robert Winfield, chief health officer. “Being recognized with this award signifies that our efforts to create a culture of health are working and that U-M is becoming a national leader in the area of worksite health promotion.”

MHealthy headed the rigorous application process that measures companies against seven results-oriented benchmarks: capturing CEO support, creating cohesive wellness teams, collecting data to drive health efforts, crafting an operating plan, choosing appropriate interventions, creating a supportive environment and consistently evaluating outcomes.

“WELCOA is one of the country’s most trusted voices on the topic of worksite wellness, so receiving this award is quite an accomplishment,” says LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of University Health & Well-Being Services. “WELCOA is widely recognized for its innovative approach to worksite wellness and earning a gold designation is quite a significant recognition in our industry.”

Since 1991 more than 700 corporations, health care systems, public agencies and educational institutions have received a Well Workplace Award recognizing them as among America’s healthiest companies.



Barrie Vorobiev, registrar, School of Dentistry, on her second time living in Russia: “This was when I could truly see the disparity between the rich and the poor.”


Jazz Series concert with Afro-Cuban jazz quartet Nuevo Rumbon, featuring musicians planted in the contemporary Cuban tradition, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, U-M Museum of Art.

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