Berkeley recognized for health and wellness by the American Heart Association

UC Berkeley Receives AHA Fit-Friendly Platinum Award

April 6, 2016

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, UC Berkeley was recognized for two prestigious American Heart Association (AHA) awards: the 2015 Platinum Fit-Friendly recognition for worksite wellness and 2015 Worksite Innovation Award for the Water Bottle Refill Stations and I Heart Tap Water campaign. The platinum level recognition is the highest level awarded by the AHA, and Berkeley is one of three UC’s to receive the Platinum recognition. Associate Vice Chancellor Rosemarie Rae accepted the award at a Tang Center celebration. 

To achieve Platinum, the workplace must have a tobacco-free policy (Berkeley became a tobacco-free campus in 2014) and demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness. “It is not easy to achieve these awards,” said Lisa Bellini, Community Health Director with AHA.  Berkeley demonstrated an 11% increase in employee program participation. “You can have the best program offerings but if the participation is low then the benefits are minimal. The programs at Berkeley are definitely popular and being well utilized.”

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AHA award seal
Berkeley awarded AHA Platinum Fit-Friendly Award!

Berkeley awarded AHA Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite Award! Claudia Covello (University Health Services Director), Lisa Bellini (AHA Rep), Rosemarie Rae (UC Berkeley Associate Vice Chancellor and CFO) , Trish Ratto (Be Well at Work Wellness Program Manager)

UC Berkeley's Be Well at Work Wellness Team

Berkeley awarded AHA Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite Award! UC Berkeley's Be Well at Work Wellness Team: (left to right) Lindy West, Cori Evans, Trish Ratto, Kim Guess, Tiffany Lui, and Anita Liboff (not pictured).

UC Berkeley's Be Well at Work Wellness Design Group

Berkeley awarded AHA Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite Award! UC Berkeley's Be Well at Work Design Group. From back to front: Lindy West, Tim Bean, Cori Evans, Trish Ratto, Janet Suko, Tiffany Lui, Laurie Yamamoto, Kim Guess, (Devin Wicks,Erica Schwilk, and Sue Johannessen not pictured).