West Virginia University’s Dining Services has been awarded a gold level National Excellence in Worksite Wellness honor by the Well Council of West Virginia.

“We really want to give our staff an opportunity to live well,” said Nettie Freshour, dietition/program coordinator for WVU Dining Services. “It shows that we care a lot about not only our students but our workers as well, and that we are giving them a chance to live a healthy life.”

Freshour said Dining Services is unique because it provides healthy food options, walking and stretching breaks instead of smoking breaks and other employee-friendly assistance. In addition, Dining Services has semi-annual employee training and other stress management and personal growth programs throughout the year. Freshour also develops a monthly wellness newsletter that is distributed to Dining Services employees.

The Well Council is a part of the National Network of Wellness Councils, a collaboration of health coalitions from around the nation who are committed to advancing the health of individuals in worksites and communities. Best practices are acknowledged and rewarded with the National Excellence in Worksite Wellness award after a detailed application process that evaluates an employer’s wellness program.

To be eligible for a gold level award, an employer must have a wellness program in place for at least three years and must submit an extensive application that includes eight different program reports based on strict criteria.

The National Excellence in Worksite Wellness award recognizes results-oriented wellness programs. It is presented at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Dining Services is eligible to apply for the award every three years.

In 2008, the city of Morganton was named a “Well City” by the Wellness Councils of America and Wellness Council of West Virginia. WVU Dining Services was involved in that distinction, as well.

For more information on WVU Dining Services, visit: http://diningservices.wvu.edu/.

-WVU-

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CONTACT: Nettie Freshour, WVU Dining Services
Nettie.Freshour@mail.wvu.edu

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