UCR has received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) highest honor in being recognized as a “Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite.” Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley accepted the award on behalf of the UCR Wellness Program, which is dedicated to encouraging a culture of healthy living.
Wellness Program Coordinator Julie Chobdee said the program, started in 2007, was recognized for its various initiatives such as Walking Fit, which provides free pedometers to UCR faculty and staff as a way of promoting them to walk the nationally recognized goal of 10,000 steps per day. Participants are awarded with free water bottles, shirts and mugs.
To be considered for the AHA’s platinum award, companies must offer employees with physical activity and healthy eating options. As a platinum-level recipient, UCR has been recognized in its capabilities to not just fulfill these criteria, but exceed them.
Chobdee expressed, “It is my hope to be able to work with our UCR administration, faculty, staff, students (and) community partners … to develop and lead a comprehensive wellness strategy that takes what we currently have to the next level,” highlighting the creation of accessible stairwells and marking walking paths as initiatives to work toward.