BABSON HONORED BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AS A GOLD FIT-FRIENDLY WORKSITE
Babson College has been recognized as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for offering exceptional physical activity support, providing a variety of healthy food options for employees, and promoting a wellness culture. Such recognition is given to employers who have shown that they go above and beyond to support their employees’ mental and physical health.
According to the American Heart Association, studies suggest that offering physical activity programs in the workplace leads to increased productivity, reduces absenteeism, lowers turnover, and reduces healthcare costs.
The Human Resources team at Babson College makes the health and wellness of employees a top priority. The team is constantly working on creating new and improved ways to educate, promote, and empower members of the community to make positive lifestyle choices, according to Kate O'Leary, Compensation and Recognition Manager at Babson.
There are a variety of Be Well programs conveniently offered on campus for all different abilities, such as:
- Tai Chi
- Boot camp (beginner and intermediate)
- Masters swimming
- Weight Watchers
- Informative wellness seminars
Some seminars that have been offered in the past include those focused on:
- Body image
- Stress management
- Demystifying food labels
Programs are typically offered before work and during lunch hours. Employees can attend as many classes as they would like. Since participation is limited in certain programs, employees are encouraged to register for programs ahead of time on the Babson Calendar portal.
The programs encompass the following health and wellness focal points to provide a holistic approach:
Human Resources offers fun and creative fitness programs throughout the year to encourage employees to get moving as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This past spring, more than 100 employees participated in the 100 Days to Commencement walking challenge. In 100 days, participants tallied a combined 171,673,378 steps. More than half of the participants met or exceeded their goal. Such wellness programs help employees to be healthy and well not only while they’re at Babson, but throughout their lives.
“I am so much more motivated to get out and walk at lunchtime and on weekends. My weight has stabilized and I have more energy. I also feel more focused at work and in the afternoons after I walk,” said a Babson employee in reference to the 100 Days to Commencement walking challenge.
Starting this academic year, HR will focus its programming on a particular wellness topic each semester. This fall, the focus will be on aging, which will encompass the benefits of exercising, stretching and eating well as we age.
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