Vol State named healthier Tennessee workplace

Staff Reports • Apr 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM

 Vol State is the first community college in Tennessee to receive the designation.

“Studies have shown that a workplace emphasis on a healthy lifestyle increases productivity and reduces absenteeism,” said Vol State president Jerry Faulkner. “Beyond the institutional advantages, we just want people to have a happy, healthy life.”

Events at Vol State include the Vol State Cycling Classic, which features a 15, 33 and 61-mile bike ride. Several faculty and staff members are working together to get ready for the May 2 ride and to make cycling a part of their health routine.

Other fitness opportunities include nutritious food options in the Vol State Grill and tobacco cessation support. The college is conducting a survey to determine what needs to be offered next.

“The Healthy Workplace Committee is planning information sessions, wellness communities and developing ways to share strategies to support and motivate one another,” said Lauren Collier, executive assistant to the president. “We are fortunate to have highly qualified experts, and active amateurs, who gladly share their knowledge and guide others in building healthy habits.” 

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