Faculty and staff have an opportunity to play a role in their area’s well-being efforts by applying to become an MHealthy Champion.
Employees interested in becoming Champions should apply by Aug. 31 at the MHealthy Champions website. Before accepting the application, MHealthy will contact the candidate’s supervisor for approval.
“Having a Champion in your area is one of the most effective ways to foster a culture of health,” said Leola Hearing, project specialist for MHealthy. “Apply if you are passionate about health and well-being and like to support others.”
Currently, more than 400 employees volunteer as Champions. Active, benefits-eligible employees working onsite, remote or hybrid can apply.
Champions serve a two-year term and spend about two hours per month on their duties, which include:
- Working with an MHealthy Wellness Coordinator to tailor activities for their area.
- Helping their area achieve its health and well-being goals.
- Communicating to coworkers about MHealthy programs and resources
- Encouraging participation in well-being activities.
- Fostering connection in today’s work environment.
“Since implementing these programs, morale has improved,” says Kasie Meszaros, business administrator for Mcity. “What I find most valuable about being a Champion are the resources and community. They are always available to me. I’ve taken what I’ve learned and implemented new programs and events that fit my team’s needs.”
Champions can also qualify to apply for wellness grants to support the needs of their coworkers. So far, MHealthy has awarded more than 180 grants. Funds have supported relaxation spaces, healthy snack baskets, exercise equipment, social connection activities and more. Grant information and requirements can be found on the MHealthy Champion webpage.