The University of Michigan has been named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. The award recognizes employers who have comprehensively incorporated the most effective employee wellness programs and practices.

The recognition resulted from a yearlong assessment process. The university was first named one of southeast Michigan’s healthiest employers by Healthiest Employers LLC, which led to consideration for the Healthiest 100.

U-M placed 55th among the top U.S. 100 employers after a review of more than 2,000 U.S. employers. U-M was selected based on: 

• Progress toward reducing the level of health risk in the employee population and having a positive impact on the health care cost trend of health assessment participants vs. non-participants.

• Achieving high participation in health and well-being programs like Active U and MHealthy Rewards.

• Engaging employees through its network of 400 volunteer MHealthy Champions.

• Using technology and social media to engage more participants and build community.

• Offering no-cost or subsidized weight-loss programs, telephone coaching and wellness screenings .

• Offering healthier food choices in university cafeterias and vending machines and via farmer’s markets and chef demonstrations.

• Addressing employee high-risk areas such as back care and stress management.

“U-M has always been committed to creating a model community of health that supports not just individual success but also the success of the university,” says LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of university health and well-being services.

“With the support of our leadership, faculty and staff, we are making progress toward achieving this vision. We are thrilled to be recognized nationally for our efforts to improve faculty and staff health and well-being and to create a supportive culture of health throughout the university community.”

The recognition comes from Healthiest Employers, a national data research firm specializing in health analytics, best practices and benchmark data.