Two area organizations, the American Heart Association and Healthy KC, a partnership of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and a number of regional health and wellness leaders, are recognizing Metropolitan Community College for employee wellness programs.
Laura Jackson, MCC Wellness Coordinator, creates and implements healthy living programs for employees. She works with a committee of employees dedicated to health and wellness. “The MCC Wellness Committee works to provide programs and services that will educate individuals in a variety of wellness topics to help employees live and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Jackson.
MCC currently offers, walking challenges, nutrition challenges, seminars and webinars on a variety of wellness topics, a monthly wellness newsletter, flu shots, Face-to-Face Lifestyle Coaching, free access to classes and programs at fitness centers on campus, and access to an Employee Assistance Program, among other benefits.
MCC was recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. The program was designed to create positive change. Worksites throughout the nation participate in the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. MCC was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for offering employees physical activity support, providing and increasing healthy eating options at the worksite as well as promoting a wellness culture.
“We value our employees’ dedicated determination to creating a better community through education and partnerships. As the Greater Kansas City region’s Community College, we work hard to provide benefits that allow our employees the opportunity to live healthy full lives. Workplace wellness is important, because our employees are important,” said Chancellor Mark James.
The rankings range from Gold to Honorable Mention and are awarded to area businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.
The Healthy KC program says the organizations given the award have made a commitment to fostering a healthy workplace, and should be commended. Certification is based on four ‘pillars’ of health: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and work- life integration.
According to Healthy KC, the average employee spends 47 hours a week at work. They are encouraging employers to allow opportunities to impact the well-being of employees in the Greater Kansas City Region.