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The Division of Human Resources kicked off the Healthy Campus Initiative at the annual Benefits Fair held Nov. 6 in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center. More than 1,000 staff and faculty members attended to learn more about the program. In addition, dozens of raffle prizes were given away.
Division of Human Resources Launches Healthy Campus Initiative
Amid the turbulent health care reform environment with discussions focusing on how to reduce medical costs and improve quality, Rensselaer’s Division of Human Resources and Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP) have partnered to help Rensselaer staff members embark on a journey to better health and wellness by launching the 2010 Rensselaer Healthy Campus Initiative.

More than 1,000 staff members had an opportunity to hear highlights of the initiative during the annual Benefits Fair and Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day event that was held on Nov. 6. Programs under the initiative include the Body Wise Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge, free on-campus mobile mammography, and walking/running program, among others.

“As a major employer in Capital Region, the Healthy Campus Initiative also provides Rensselaer an opportunity to serve as a model for other area organizations seeking to improve the health of their employees while lowering costs,” said Curtis Powell, vice president for human resources. “Due to this partnership, individuals enrolled in the CDPHP plan will not experience an increase in their health care premiums. This is wonderful news for our employees, especially in this unstable financial environment.”

“The solution to lowering health insurance premiums involves reducing medical costs. This means increasing efforts to keep employees healthy,” said John D. Bennett, M.D., president and CEO of CDPHP. “This initiative recognizes that employees appreciate efforts to help improve their quality of life — and not just the absence of illness. It includes emotional balance, opportunities for learning, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing there are caring experts available to assist when needed.”

Also during the event, Rensselaer employees and retirees had an opportunity relax with a chair massage; get a free biometrics screening for blood pressure, glucose, body fat analysis, and cholesterol; and participate in stress management counseling. In addition, up to 150 people were able to receive free flu shots.

Representatives from the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association were also present, and provided Rensselaer employees with online tools to measure their cancer and heart disease risk, along with offering some disease prevention tips.

To date, more than 2,000 employees are enrolled in the CDPHP plan.
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Volume 3, Number 13, November 20, 2009
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