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Finalists for best wellness event get creative

Four organizations have been named finalists for Best Company Group Wellness Event honors.

Three of the finalists were named finalists in other categories as well:

CooperVision’s Mission Slimpossible – Led by wellness champions, the eight-week challenge involved exercise, meditation and relaxation, a book club, nutrition activities and a focus on humor.

SMP’s Fakeout Food Challenge – To reduce processed food consumption, the event combined health education, personal goal-setting and a book club.

The University of Rochester’s Farmers Market – Now in its third season, the market connects university employees and local farmers. Staff dietitians offer recipes and healthy samples.

Details about their events appear in their profiles elsewhere in this section.

The fourth finalist, Monroe Community College, became a tobacco-free campus in 2014. Last year, MCC was recognized with the highest levels of distinction by the U.S. surgeon general and the state.

More than 200 faculty, staff and students participated in the development of the tobacco-free policy. Involvement in wellness promotion continues through employee and student orientation, divisional events, flu shot clinics and a variety of fairs and expos.

The campaign’s success spurred greater resources and support from college leaders. The president’s assistant for strategic initiatives is now the wellness council chair. With a higher profile and the support of senior administration, the council is partnering with more campus groups and outside organizations to promote employee health.

6/3/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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