Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vol State Named Healthier Tennessee Workplace


Campus-wide walking programs, a fitness center, a tobacco-free campus, and access to filtered water are just a few of the reasons that Vol State has been selected for the Healthier Tennessee Workplace designation from the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness. Vol State is the first community college in Tennessee to receive the designation.

“Studies have shown that a workplace emphasis on a healthy lifestyle increases productivity and reduces absenteeism,” said Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner.  “Beyond the institutional advantages, we just want people to have a happy, healthy life.”

Events at Vol State include the Vol State Cycling Classic, which features a 15 mile, 33 mile and 61 mile bike ride. Fitness opportunities, nutritious food options in the Vol State Grill, and tobacco cessation support are just a start for the Healthier Workplace plan at Vol State. The college is conducting a survey to determine what needs to be offered next.

“The Healthy Workplace committee is planning information sessions, wellness communities, and developing ways to share strategies to support and motivate one another,” said Dr. Lauren Collier, executive assistant to the president. “We are fortunate to have highly qualified experts, and active amateurs, who gladly share their knowledge and guide others in building healthy habits.” 

One sign of our commitment to health is the Vol State cycling group, formed in part to get ready for the Vol State Cycling Classic on May 2. Chrysa Malosh, who is a professional cyclist and Vol State Biology laboratory technician, is leading the group, which is designed for bikers of all levels. They meet once or twice a week for rides, starting from the Gallatin campus. If you're interested in participating contact Chrysa at chrysa.malosh@volstate.edu.

For more information about Healthier Tennessee Workplace program visit the website at www.healthierTN.com

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