CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On-site fitness facilities and classes, an annual employee wellness and benefits fair and Live Healthy Iowa challenges are some of the resources and opportunities available to University of Northern Iowa faculty and staff. This commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees is why the Blue Zones Project recently designated UNI as a Blue Zones Worksite. UNI has also been selected as one of five Blue Zones Worksites to be visited by the local Blue Zones chapter and national representatives on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
"I am both proud and excited for UNI to become an official Blue Zones Worksite," said Therese Callaghan, employee disability and leave coordinator for UNI's Human Resource Services. "The Blue Zones designation demonstrates how important employee wellbeing is here at UNI. Our existing practices and policies show we support a healthy, productive and inclusive working environment. This is good for our employees, and has a positive carry-over effect to increase wellbeing for the entire UNI community and the Cedar Valley."
The Blue Zones Project is a global initiative to promote healthy living through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. The project launched in Iowa in 2011 as a part of Gov. Terry Branstad's Healthiest State Initiative.