Baylor Receives Platinum Award From AHA

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Brenda Waddell, AHA's Jean Saunders and Dallas Joseph
Brenda Waddell, AHA's Jean Saunders and Dallas Joseph

Baylor School has been named a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. 

Jean Saunders of the AHA was on campus Wednesday to present a plaque to Baylor's Director of Human Resources Brenda Waddell and Chief Financial Officer Dallas Joseph. 

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the workforce by making employees’ health and wellness a priority. The AHA classifies a Fit-Friendly Worksite as an employer that “goes above and beyond when it comes to the health of its employees, embracing criteria outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture.” Named a Gold Level award winner last year, Baylor has been "upgraded" to Platinum by the AHA for making even further strides toward the program's goals. 

A part of Baylor’s commitment to employee wellness is its partnership with BeniComp Advantage, which rewards healthy lifestyles by allowing employees to earn credits toward base health plan costs, and Baylor affords employees many opportunities to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. According to Ms. Waddell, healthy lunch menus in Guerry Dining Hall, free on-campus exercise and yoga classes, access to Baylor’s exercise facilities, a monthly health newsletter written by Baylor coach and fitness expert Julian Kaufman, and the BeniComp biometric screenings have all stimulated the commitment to improving personal wellness. Baylor employees and families also have access to the nurse practitioner and registered nurses at the school’s Health Center, including free or discounted flu shots each year. 

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Baylor, and our long partnership with Benicomp has been significant,” said Mr. Joseph. “There is no greater benefit we can offer our employees than helping them live healthier, happier lives. Through this venture, we’ve seen a great improvement in our employees’ health and well-being, and Baylor is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite." 


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