YSU earns Healthy Ohioans-Healthy Worksite Award

For the second consecutive year, Youngstown State University is the only university in the state to receive the Healthy Ohioans-Healthy Worksite Award for its commitment to the health and well being of its employees.

In all, 35 businesses and organizations received awards. YSU, which received a bronze-level honor, is the only entity in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties to earn the award.

“Your … exemplary efforts to provide employees with programs that encourage physical activity, better nutrition and the prevention or cessation of tobacco use are to be commended,” Linda Sovern, director of the Healthy Ohio Business Council, says in a letter to Carrie Clyde, YSU’s Wellness coordinator.

“As you know, these efforts will have far-reaching implications not only for the health of your employees, but the health of your business as well.”

The award, presented Jan. 29 as part of the Health Action Council Ohio Columbus Kick-Off Conference, recognizes efforts by Ohio employers to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.

In 2012, 46 percent of YSU’s nearly 1,200 employees participated in at least one of the various offerings provided by the university’s Wellness program. Nearly 500 employees took place in health screening events on campus.