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UK Recognized for Prioritizing Employee Well-Being

Springbuk, a health intelligence platform company, has recognized the university for their commitment to employee well-being.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2021) — The University of Kentucky has been recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers® of Kentucky for 2020. The awards program, sponsored by health intelligence platform company Springbuk®, was created to honor organizations committed to employee well-being and providing exceptional health and wellness offerings.

“What an honor it is for UK to be recognized for our efforts in supporting and investing in our employees’ well-being, especially during a time when it may be difficult to achieve,” said Jody Ensman, program manager for UK Human Resources Health and Wellness. “For many years, it has been our mission to provide education, awareness, interventions and resources to UK employees. The collective effort of many Human Resources areas addresses multiple aspects of well-being: physical, mental, emotional, nutritional and financial.”

Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: culture and leadership, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. Participants were ranked with the proprietary Healthiest Employers® Index, a rubric for wellness programming. 

Healthiest Employers® has been highlighting companies who use innovative strategies to improve employee health since 2009. More than 10,000 employers have participated across the country, representing more than 60 million employees.

As a UK employee, UK HR Health and Wellness and UK HR Work-Life services are available to you. Some offerings include:

  • Three different MoveWell fitness memberships with in-person, virtual or all-access options.
  • Free EatWell memberships tailored to help you meet your nutritional goals.
  • Individual well-being coaching and group meetings through BeWell.
  • Consults with fitness specialists, registered dietitians and health coaches.
  • KORU mindfulness classes and mindful self-compassion workshops.
  • Weekly Facebook live fitness, meditation and mindfulness events.
  • Community Supported Agriculture voucher program.
  • Monthly “Becoming Wildly Resilient” podcast.
  • Working Parents Network with coffee chats, presentations and social media posts.
  • Elder care and caregiver support.
  • Mental health counseling for employees and family members.
  • Virtual Well-Being Check Ins.

“Employee well-being is essential. It affects all aspects of our lives — our work, home life and relationships,” Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kim Wilson said. “It is wonderful to be recognized for the programs and services we offer, and it is a testament to the university’s commitment to its employees.”

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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.