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October 23, 2017

U-M receives Governor's Fitness Award as a healthy workplace

May 2, 2017

U-M receives Governor's Fitness Award as a healthy workplace

The University of Michigan was recognized as one of the state's healthiest workplaces with the 2017 Governor's Fitness Award.

The award honors individuals and organizations for their efforts to help people live healthy lifestyles. 

U-M received the award because of its commitment to creating a healthy workplace environment through engaging programs, a positive culture and support from leaders.

MHealthy representatives accepted the award at a gala event at Cobo Hall and were recognized by state legislators in Lansing. 

"We are so honored that the university received this award from the Governor's Council and the Michigan Fitness Foundation. We're proud to work for an organization that is committed to offering programs and services to help us be our best mentally, emotionally and physically," says LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of health and well-being services.

"This award recognizes the value that workplace health and well-being programs can bring to individuals and organizations in Michigan. It's very rewarding when we hear from faculty and staff who tell us the positive affect our programs have had on their lives." 

The university offers health and well-being services for faculty and staff through MHealthy, mental health counseling and consultation, and occupational health services. These programs support the university's philosophy that well-being encompasses the whole person, with many factors affecting quality of life.

In 2016, more than 25,000 faculty and staff participated in MHealthy programs, which provide a variety of options to support healthy living.

The Governor's Fitness Awards is sponsored by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports in conjunction with the Michigan Fitness Foundation. 

U-M was recognized with the 2017 Governor’s Fitness Award in the Healthy Workplace – Very Large Company category. From left are James J. Tighe, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation; LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of U-M’s health and well-being services; Earl Bell, associate director of business operations for MHealthy; Janice Gasaway, MHealthy Rewards program lead; Melissa Lagodzinski, training and development specialist for MHealthy; Julie Nelson, communications and special projects facilitator for Project Healthy Schools; and Kimberly Ross, chief government relations officer for Michigan Medicine. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Fitness Foundation)