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Drake University Named One of America's Healthiest Workplaces

September 12, 2006

CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


Drake University has been selected as one of the top five Iowa employers for excellence in worksite health promotion. The Wellness Council of Iowa will award Drake its Well Workplace Award at a luncheon ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the 16th Annual Conference on Worksite Wellness at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines.


Criteria for the award include demonstrated commitment to the health programs, a written annual operating plan specific to health promotion, supportive policies and effective programs to increase awareness, educate and encourage behavior change in employees, according to the council.


"We're honored to receive this award from the Wellness Council of Iowa,” said Drake President David Maxwell. “We greatly appreciate the recognition of our institutional commitment to wellness, of the engagement of the campus community in wellness activities and of the great work of our Wellness Center staff."


Other recipients were Prinicipal Financial Group, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, Pella Corp. and Grand View College.


 “These five organizations join a growing list of America’s Healthiest Companies as judged by the Wellness Councils of America and the Wellness Council of Iowa,” said Amy Terhaar, associate director of the council.