College wins state award for workplace health and fitness programs

The Governor’s Council on Physical Activity has awarded a Maine Fitness Award to Saint Joseph’s College for its success in improving the health and well-being of staff and faculty by providing them with healthy lifestyle opportunities. “We not only provide physical activity programs, but we educate our employees with a wide range of subjects including nutrition, chronic disease management, stress and relaxation methods,” says wellness coordinator Jenna Chase. College representatives received the award in the Healthy Workplace – Medium-Sized Business category during the ceremony on June 6 in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. Saint Joseph’s College was the only winner in that category.

The wellness program was established three years ago by a wellness team created from volunteers working in various departments. It now regularly features a Lunch and Learn series, affordable fitness classes, a Life Skills series and Lifestyle Management programs that run for 6-12 weeks.

“We have increased participation tremendously over the years due to the variety of programs and the credibility of our Wellness Team,” says wellness director Maureen LaSalle. “Our goal is to make healthy lifestyle choices a habit rather than a chore for people.”

June 14, 2012
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu