For fourth consecutive year, YSU earns Gold Award for worksite wellness

Youngstown State University’s employee worksite wellness program has again received the Gold Level Award from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio.

This is the eighth year that YSU has been recognized, and the fourth year with a Gold Award.  YSU, which is in the "large business" category (more than 1,000 employees), is the only public university in the state to receive the gold honor.

The award was presented earlier this month in Columbus as part of the Health Action Council 2018 Columbus Symposium.

The award program annually recognizes Ohio employers that have demonstrated a commitment to their employees’ health by providing comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. The awards acknowledge efforts made to improve overall employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.

Living Well, YSU’s Employee Wellness Program, began in 2009 and is run by Carrie Clyde, Wellness coordinator. The program offers a variety of initiatives ranging from screenings and health assessments to yoga, Weight Watchers to smoking cessation. New initiatives include a walking challenge campaign, “Fitness Flash Fridays,” and a program to address getting a good night’s sleep.

Other businesses receiving the Gold Award in the “large employer” category are: Akron Children's Hospital, Alliance Data, Battelle, Case Western Reserve University, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Columbus City Schools, Dublin City Schools, Emerson, Franklin County Cooperative Health Imp Program, GE Aviaton, Genesis Healthcare System, Grange Insurance, Huntington National Bank, Lucas County, Montgomery County, MRI Software LLC, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, OhioHealth, Premier Health, The MetroHealth System and TriHealth.