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Vanderbilt named Middle Tennessee’s healthiest employer

Oct. 2, 2014, 9:00 AM

Vanderbilt’s employee health and wellness efforts have been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal. (photo by Steve Green)

Vanderbilt University was recognized recently by the Nashville Business Journal as the Healthiest Employer in Middle Tennessee in the division for employers with more than 500 employees.

The award marked the fifth year in a row Vanderbilt won, beating out other large local employers such as UPS, Dollar General, Nissan and Verizon.

“We are pleased to accept the Nashville Business Journal Healthiest Employer Award for the fifth consecutive year,” said Brad Awalt, manager of Health Plus, who was at the luncheon to receive the award on Vanderbilt’s behalf. Vanderbilt Health and Wellness, which includes Health Plus, is dedicated to creating and sustaining a culture of health and fitness at the University.

“At the core of the successful Health Plus programs are Vanderbilt’s culture of wellness, the leadership support and the faculty and staff who are committed to wellness,” Awalt said. “Together we support one another and create a culture of wellness.”

Finalists were chosen by the company Healthiest Employers LLC, which is based in Indianapolis. The winners are judged by a national panel of experts who are independent of the Business Journal and of business interests.

Criteria for the award include cultural commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, programming and intervention and reporting and analysis.

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