Commitment to wellness
Earlier this month, the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute (HLHPRI) at the University of Manitoba hosted its 2nd annual Research Day. At the event, the University announced its commitment to the Government of Manitoba’s Wellness Works initiative.
“We recognize that healthy living is paramount not only in the communities in which we live but also where we work,” explains Paul Kochan, vice-president (administration). “As one of Manitoba’s Top 25 employers, we are dedicated to fostering a workplace that inspires and encourages our staff to make smart lifestyle choices that promote healthy living and reduce stress. We hope that this will become a key component in fulfilling the University’s strategic priority of being recognized as an “Outstanding Workplace.”
The university will establish a committee to help guide the implementation of its wellness programs. That committee will provide advice on which specific Wellness Works pledges our institution should adopt. Many of them are well under way; the new Active Living Centre is, for example, a demonstration of our commitment to develop “infrastructure to support physical activity.”
For more information about the U of M’s Outstanding Workplace Initiative, visit: http://umanitoba.ca/beoutstanding/