(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College in Beaver Dam has been recognized as a Blue Zones Project-approved worksite. Officials say the designation demonstrates the commitment of Moraine Park and its wellness team to improve the well-being of employees by encouraging increased worksite networking, encouraging more movement during the day, and optimizing the food environment.
At Moraine Park, a College Mentor Program for employees is designed to match employees and foster professional relationships. Employees are also encouraged to move more through fitness classes that are offered during professional development days including yoga, Zumba, and a workshop on stretches that can be done in an office setting during the day.
In the office workspaces, signs encourage employees to remember to take micro-breaks which are good for both the body and the mind. Well-being messages are displayed on computers and monitors throughout campus. Workplace benefits employees enjoy at MPTC include health and gym membership reimbursement and access to Go365, an employee health coaching program.
Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam Campus has enjoyed healthier options at the building’s café and at least 50-percent of the vending machine options will come from the healthy vending guidelines food list for the 2018-2019 school year. Plans are also in the works to host a plant-based cooking class in the upcoming school year.
The Blue Zones Project, sponsored by the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.
For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.
Photo (Left to Right): Linda Klinger, BDCH Director of Rehabilitation and Blue Zones Project Steering Committee Co-Chair; Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager; Wendy Herrmann, MPTC Beaver Dam Curriculum Coordinator; Lisa Pollard, Dean of MPTC Beaver Dam Campus; Greg Kilgas, MPTC Compensation and Benefits Manager; Renee Peterson, Blue Zones Project Worksite Committee Co-Chair