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Memphis Business Journal Names U of M One of Mid-South’s Healthiest Employers

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
901-678-2843
gmaxey@memphis.edu

April 2, 2014 - For the second year in a row, the Memphis Business Journal has named the University of Memphis as one of the Mid-South's Healthiest Employers in the 500+ employees category. The MBJ recently recognized and rewarded companies and organizations that work to create a healthy workplace through a commitment to wellness and health programs at an annual breakfast.

Memphis Healthy U, the University's community wellness initiative, was recognized as an exemplary program for providing campus-wide environmental support for students, faculty, staff and visitors to "move more, eat healthier and be tobacco free." The Department of Human Resources is part of the steering committee for Memphis Healthy U.

"Being recognized as one of the Mid-South's Healthiest Employers attracts potential employees to the University of Memphis through demonstrating our commitment to health and wellness in the workplace," said Robynn Hopkins, Human Resources associate and Memphis Healthy U committee member.

Free events such as weekly nutrition seminars, Midday Moves activities like yoga, healthier food options offered through Tiger Dining and no-cost BMI and blood pressure checks, have helped the campus community adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Mid-South companies were invited to participate in a survey that measured their workplace wellness efforts. Survey data and an online assessment tool measured wellness programming in six key categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis.

For more information on Memphis Healthy U, visit www.memphis.edu/memphishealthyu or follow Midday Moves on Facebook and Twitter.

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