UNF receives Platinum Level Award from Wellness Council

The university has been recognized for its commitment to a healthy environment for 12 consecutive years.

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The University of North Florida received the Platinum Level Award for the 2020 Healthiest Companies by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council.

It’s the 12th consecutive year the university has received the award, UNF said in a news release Aug. 14.

The award is for UNF’s commitment to a healthy environment and improving the health and well-being of its campus community.

In conjunction with Partnership for a Healthier America, UNF hosts Healthy Campus Week every September to highlight and promote the university’s health and wellness resources and services.

The week features events including meditation workshops, yoga lessons and a hands-on experience in picking fresh salad from the on-campus Ogier Gardens.

The Department of Recreation and Wellness, in partnership with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, has certified more than 60 UNF faculty, staff and students in mental health first-aid training.

The course trains participants with skills in helping someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and concludes with a three-year certification.

UNF’s dietitians celebrate National Nutrition Month each March by working with departments to increase student knowledge about healthy food choices and eating habits on campus. This year’s Nutrition Month celebration comprised 28 events and social media campaigns with more than 1,000 participants. 

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council Inc. is an initiative of Healthy Jacksonville 2020. The Platinum Level award is based on program offerings, services and performance in health behaviors, safety, physical activity, nutrition and weight management, mental health, organizational policies and prevention.