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Healthy UNH Cited in Report Highlighting Link between Business and Community Health

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 23, 2011

Healthy UNH has been cited as a model for corporate wellness in the Partnership for Prevention’s “Leading by Example: Creating Healthy Communities through Corporate Engagement,” a national publication produced in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Partnership for Prevention, founded in 1991, aims to make disease prevention and health promotion a national priority. Its recent report lists UNH among 19 businesses, universities and corporations striving to improve health among its employees and in its communities.

Healthy UNH’s goal is to become the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020. It is hoped the initiative will expand to the Durham community.

“The selection of UNH as one of 19 leading organizations across the country in promoting health is a significant recognition of the comprehensive approach to health at the university embodied in Healthy UNH. We have been recognized not only for promoting health and fitness on campus, but for doing it in a way that seeks to activate all faculty and staff to improve health defined as an overall sense of well being : physical health, social health, psychological health and financial health,” says Dick Cannon, vice president for Finance and Administration. “We should also feel proud to be in the company of other outstanding institutions on the list: Johnson and Johnson; The University of Michigan; American Express and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, to name a few.”  

The “Leading by Example”initiative was launched by Partnership for Prevention in 2004. The first “Leading by Example”publication was released the following year and featured 16 CEOs, and three governors. A “Call to Action” signed by four of the initial participants--along with the publication--was distributed to the CEOs, COOs and human resources vice presidents of all Fortune 500 companies, with the aim of increasing awareness among executives about employee health management and its role as a core business strategy.

“Strategic business leaders at best practice organizations – such as those featured in this publication – are taking a strong leadership role in community health initiatives in tobacco control, preventive screenings and immunizations, obesity control, responsible alcohol use and physical activity. In doing so, they act as catalysts within their community by influencing not only their employees and their families to make healthier choices, but their fellow citizens and neighbors as well,” said Jud Richland, president, of Partnership for Prevention.

The new “Leading by Example”publication, available at www.prevent.org.

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