Even in the atypical year that was 2020, Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) stayed focused on good health, and as a result, was recently named one of the healthiest workplaces in Kansas City for 2020. CUKC achieved “Gold Level Healthy KC Certified” status, for its continuing efforts to promote health and wellness among students, faculty, staff and administration.
The certification was awarded to the University by the KC Workplace Wellness Action Team, a division of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The action team worked with its partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City to review the applications submitted by CUKC and other entities seeking recognition for their good health initiatives. The applications were then reviewed for efforts across the five pillars of health: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, work-life integration, and design and built environment.
Dale Marrant, vice president of human resources and organizational development at CUKC, leads the movement for positive health among employees at the University. He is proud of the effort put forth by all involved to make this certification possible.
“We are thrilled to have been recognized as one of Kansas City’s healthiest workplaces again in 2020,” Marrant said. “The hard work of our Wellness C.R.E.W., and the healthy behaviors of CUKC students and employees have helped us more fully realize our vision of being recognized and respected as a leader in health promotion.”
The purpose for the collaboration between Healthy KC, the Chamber, and Blue Cross Blue Shield is to advocate for solutions that help shape individual, organizational, and environmental health change. CUKC has been Healthy KC certified each year since 2016.