The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) recently awarded Moraine Park Technical College with a three-year Well Workplace gold rating designation, ranking Moraine Park among America’s healthiest companies.
“Moraine Park envisions a faculty and staff population that is proactive in preventative self-care and achieves high levels of energy, creativity and health – transforming our work and family environments so that everyone can achieve longevity, personal fulfillment, and a balanced lifestyle,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president.
Moraine Park Technical College has achieved Well Workplace designation from the Wellness Council of America. Shown here with Moraine Park’s wellness recognition award are Bonnie Baerwald, President; Krista Mallas, Human Resources Assistant; Kim Braatz, Careers Instructor; Lori Schrage, Benefits Coordinator; Kathy Broske, VP-Human Resources; and Greg Kilgas, Compensation & Benefits Manager.
Earning this national Well Workplace designation is a rigorous process. There is an initial review from WELCOA to examine a workplace’s wellness efforts along seven benchmarks. From CEO support to evaluation of outcomes, organizations have to demonstrate they have successfully met the requirements to achieve Well Workplace designation.
Moraine Park’s recent wellness initiatives, primarily organized by Moraine Park’s Health and Wellness Team, have included health risk assessments; education on weight control, cholesterol and healthy eating; flu shots; an Employee Assistance Program; fitness challenges and many other resources and activities.
But according to Lori Schrage, Moraine Park’s benefits coordinator, it’s the buy-in from everyone at the College that has led to the Well Workplace designation and will lead to even more progress in the future.
“Through the efforts of the Health and Wellness Team, all of our participating employees and the support of our management team, Moraine Park was able to achieve the Well Workplace designation, and Moraine Park Technical College will continue to strengthen and enhance our wellness program in the future to improve the health and well-being of our employees,” Schrage said.
For more information on the Well Workplace designation, visit welcoa.org.