The American Cancer Society recently recognized the University of Virginia as a “Certified Smokefree Workplace” for its commitment to promoting a healthy working environment. In addition, the American Heart Association gave U.Va. its gold seal of approval for being a “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”
“The Academic Division received the smoke-free certification due to having a tobacco policy in place that is mentioned in orientation, and also having a tobacco cessation program available free to employees,” said Shana Pack, wellness coordinator of U.Va.’s Hoo’s Well Program in University Human Resources. The University’s comprehensive smoke-free policies are communicated and enforced with all employees, she said.
The Medical Center received the cancer society’s recognition for “Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control,” as the center has a smoke-free campus.
Worksites apply to the American Heart Association’s fit-friendly program, which recognizes employers that champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace. The employer must fulfill criteria in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and a culture that promote healthy living.