VSAC Takes the Gold for Worksite Wellness
Achievement follows last year’s bronze performance
WINOOSKI (February 6, 2014) – Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is being honored with a gold level award for its employee wellness program from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and Vermont Department of Health.
Awards will be presented at the Worksite Wellness Conference, March 27, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington. VSAC is one of 99 businesses that applied for the 2013 awards. This is the second year the company is being honored after receiving a bronze recognition last year.
“I thank the Governor and Department of Health for this award. We place a high value on our employees’ health and wellbeing. It is a cornerstone of how VSAC operates and, in turn, how we take care of Vermont students and their families as they pursue studies after high school,” said Scott Giles, president and CEO.
The VSAC Wellness Program is administered by the human resources department with the goal to encourage employees to maximize their health, take advantage of preventive care, and continue to make positive choices for a healthy lifestyle.
The department plans wellness classes, such as fitness boot camp, Y-Fit, Zumba and yoga. Employees are offered flu shots annually, and given fun wellness ideas, such as how to turn a kitchen into a gym with easy exercises while cooking meals. The VSAC café also offers healthy meal choices every day.
The department also offers financial wellness classes, ergonomic evaluations, a dedicated private room for nursing mothers, fitness DVDs to take home and discount memberships to the YMCA.
“Worksites that promote healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco use cessation, and breastfeeding, contribute to the overall health and wellness of all Vermonters, and they are one of the key reasons we are routinely rated the nation’s healthiest state,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit corporation created by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters plan and pay for education or training beyond high school. VSAC administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan; outreach services to encourage low-income students to aspire to and complete college; college and career planning services for all Vermonters; need-based state grants for full-time, part-time and non-degree study; public and private scholarship programs; and private education loans. Find us at www.vsac.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VermontStudentAssistanceCorporation.