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Heartland Named Healthy Worksite

The Illinois Department of Public Health has recognized Heartland Community College for their worksite health promotion efforts. HCC has been designated as a healthy worksite and was one of six organizations in the state to receive a gold status. Part of the We Choose Health community transformation grant, the designation was created to engage employers throughout the state in worksite wellness best practices.

Heartland’s committee for worksite wellness formed in October 2012 and includes members from various departments throughout the College. Their vision is to ensure all dimensions of wellness are valued and intentionally integrated into the campus culture.

“We spent the first year researching workplace wellness and what initiatives we wanted to implement,” said committee chair, Josh Kauten. “What we found was pretty eye opening, especially the cost of doing nothing.”

Kauten was referring to a return on investment (ROI) calculator that shows the rising cost of healthcare and projected savings with a wellness program. “We took the state’s average smoking and obesity rates and calculated what the savings would be if we reduced the rates by 10 percent. By 2018, we could be saving an estimated $520,000 annually in total healthcare-related expenses.”

To be considered for recognition, an organization has to show it promotes and demonstrates various health and wellness initiatives such as healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle and disease management. Kauten highlighted some of the initiatives Heartland currently has in place for employees such as free access to the Fitness and Recreation Center, free community education classes and a comprehensive healthcare plan that includes coverage for mental and physical wellness.

Heartland also recently implemented flexible scheduling where employees can work with their supervisor to determine a schedule that promotes work/life balance.

According to committee member Amy Munson, this is just a small portion of what they hope to accomplish. “We want to continuously promote and celebrate healthy habits,” she said. “Wellness is more than working out, it’s all encompassing from stress relief to an office that is ergonomically sound. Our committee will continue striving to meet the wellness needs of Heartland employees.”

The College’s gold designation will last for three years. For more information about the Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation, visit http://www.wechoosehealth365.com/aspx/Public/Page.aspx?pid=18663.

Employees interested in joining the committee or submitting an idea can contact Josh Kauten at josh.kauten@heartland.edu or (309) 268-8432.


Students: Earn Free Credit with GPS Workshops

The Guided Path to Success (GPS) Workshop Series includes sessions designed to help you with study techniques, life skills and career readiness.

The focus for fall semester is Personal Success. Upcoming topics include:

  • August 28: Targeting Success
  • September 4: Motivating Self
  • September 11: Mastering Self-Management
  • September 18: Developing Effective Communication
  • September 25: Valuing Interdependence
  • October 2: Managing Stress
  • October 9: Understanding Civic Responsibility
  • October 16: Exploring Healthy Lifestyles
  • October 23:  Planning Personal Finances
  • October 30: Becoming Active on Campus
  • November 6: Becoming an Active Student
  • November 13: Mastering Time Management
  • November 20: Exploring Your Learning Preferences
  • December 4: Becoming an Active Reader

Workshop sessions occur every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in ICB 2303.

Earn one free academic credit by participating in seven different workshops throughout the semester and completing the “after” workshop assignments and a reflective essay.

The workshop series is free and open to any HCC student, so bring a friend along! Come ready to learn how to become more successful during your college years and beyond. 

For more information, contact Jen Vieley at (309) 268-8055 or email jennifer.vieley@heartland.edu.


Sign Up for HCC Emergency Text Alerts

Heartland Community College has a voluntary text messaging service that will be used to deliver information about on-campus emergencies. HCC will only send text alerts when there is a serious safety concern affecting campus -- including any campus closures due to severe weather.

Students, faculty and staff may text the message hccalerts to the number 292929 to enroll in the emergency text message service. A confirmation text will be sent to your mobile device indicating that the emergency notification service has been activated. HCC does not charge a fee for this service. Review your particular mobile device's texting or data plan for service details specific to your account. HCC will not share your phone number or mobile information with any other organizations.

For additional information about Heartland's commitment to student, faculty, staff and community safety, please watch Heartland's Safety Video.