UTSA employee wellness program earns healthy workplace recognition

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John DeLaHunt, UTSA risk and life safety manager, (left) and UTSA President Ricardo Romo (right) receive healthy workplace certificate from Mayor Julian Castro

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(June 21, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio recently was awarded the 2012 Gold Level Healthy Workplace Recognition from the San Antonio Business Group on Health (SABGH) in collaboration with the Mayor's Fitness Council.

The Healthy Workplace Recognition program recognized 31 San Antonio businesses for their dedication in promoting a healthy workplace. SABGH awarded bronze, silver and gold levels based on program strength in culture, physical activity, health promotion and education, nutrition, smoking and tobacco cessation, value-based benefits and benefit design. Receiving the gold level shows UTSA's continuing commitment to become a healthier workplace.

Rowdy New U, the UTSA employee wellness program, leads the way in creating a positive change in employees' health. The program offers faculty and staff members a chance to improve their overall health and wellness through fitness, nutrition, awareness, motivation, lifestyle behaviors and social interaction.

The program encourages employees to participate in 5K runs, walking events, marathons and other San Antonio area wellness events. For the last three years, UTSA received either first or second place for participation in the San Antonio Rock 'n Roll Marathon Corporate Extra-Large Category. UTSA also received first place in the UT System's Physical Activity Challenge in 2010 and 2011.

The Rowdy New U program is open to UTSA employees at no cost. For more information, email wellness@utsa.edu.