Wellness Center staff Joy Schiller, Nicole Frangopol and Missy Gripp
Des Moines University has once again received the Platinum level from WELCOA for worksite wellness! This is DMU’s second straight Platinum certification, which is the highest level of designation available in the workplace health promotion arena.
Des Moines University is the first university/college in the nation to receive the distinctive, Platinum Well Workplace award.
Platinum represents the pinnacle of result-oriented worksite wellness programming. The Platinum award is granted to organizations forging new ground by linking health promotion objectives to business outcomes. The Wellness Department is grateful for the dedication of the WELLNE$$ PAY$ committee members and those who have contributed to making Wellness at DMU a great success!
Iowa Psychologically Healthy Workplace
The Iowa Psychological Association (IPA) named Des Moines University the 2010 Iowa Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Presented in October 2010 at the association’s fall conference, the award is given annually to recognize an Iowa organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance and provides a healthy work environment for employees.
“Des Moines University has a long standing and pervasive focus on the wellness of its employees and their families,” said DanielEarle, Psy.D.,chair of the IPA selection committee, at the award event. He is a psychologist with Glen Haven Counseling Resources in West Des Moines. “Plus the University maintains a focus on improving wellness through employee surveys, its state-of-the-art wellness center, comprehensive wellness programs and employee recognition.”
Award applicants are evaluated on workplace practices in those areas and in employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development.
“Studies have long demonstrated that recognizing achievements, providing good working conditions, offering educational opportunities and giving workers a sense of ownership in the workplace all contribute to employees’ psychological well-being,” Earle noted.
Accepting DMU’s honor as a “psychologically healthy workplace” are (from left) Shannon Kalsem, M.H.A.’03, wellness center manager; Stephen Dengle, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Diane Langner, human resources administrator; and Mary Ann Zug, vice president of student services. At right is Daniel Earle, Psy.D., Iowa Psychological Association selection committee chair.