UCR Earns High Marks for Having ‘Leaders with Sneakers’

For the second year in a row, the American Heart Association gave UC Riverside top marks as a workplace that values employee health and wellness

Jadie Lee, associate vice chancellor for human resources: Marsha Marion-Watson, manager of Workplace Health and Wellness; Julie Chobdee, wellness coordinator; Nicole Orr, executive director of the Inland Empire Division of the American Heart Association, Ron T. Coley, vice chancellor for business and administrative services. Kris Lovekin

For the second year in a row, the American Heart Association gave UC Riverside top marks as a workplace that values employee health and wellness.

“We represent Riverside and San Bernardino counties, an area of 4.2 million people, and UCR is among only a handful of workplaces that can claim a platinum level award,” said Nicole Orr, executive director of the American Heart Association’s Inland Empire division, at a HUB ceremony Feb. 18.

From the tobacco-free environment, to the boxes of locally grown produce available at Glen Mor on Thursdays, to the army of Wellness Ambassadors encouraging coworkers to go for a “Walk and Talk” with the chancellor, UC Riverside is building a culture that encourages health.

Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron T. Coley accepted the Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite designation on behalf of the campus.

Coley said it wasn’t 30 seconds after he mentioned that the wellness program was recruiting “Mission Possible” teams to increase fitness on campus, that Chancellor Kim Wilcox signed on. They recruited the provost, Paul D’Anieri and chief budget officer, Maria Anguiano. They call themselves the “LEAN” team.

“It really helps when there are leaders with sneakers under their desks too,” said Coley.

He added that last year, he was happy enough to accept a large plaque on behalf of the campus, even if he had not been at UCR very long. After taking part in UCR’s culture of wellness, Coley says this year’s award is different. “Now I know we have earned this,” he said.

UCR has a long list of wellness programs organized across campus, from the workplace health and wellness programs organized by Julie Chobdee in Human Resources, to the healthy food efforts that come from UCR Dining Services, to the committee that plans and implements the UC-wide tobacco free campus policy, to the gentle yoga classes taught by Diane Del Buono, wife of the chancellor. UCR also has extensive wellness programs for students at “The Well.”

Julie Chobdee, UCR wellness coordinator, said, “UCR is honored to be a recipient of the AHA Fit Friendly-Employer award and will continue it’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the campus community.”

The audience included wellness ambassadors and other interested staff and faculty members. Kris Lovekin

The audience included wellness ambassadors and other interested staff and faculty members. Kris Lovekin

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