Northeast State has been named a 2015 Healthier Tennessee Workplace for its commitment to encouraging and enabling employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.
Northeast State met the program’s wellness criteria of encouraging physical activity, offering healthy dining options, providing a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation.
The College also encouraged employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments via on campus screenings or check-ups and recognized employees who participate in health and wellness activities.
“I have to treat this like an initiative, “said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam who is Northeast State’s Senior Leader supporting the Healthier Workplace Initiative. “Employees are invited to join me in the gym and on the walking trail each week as we strive to improve our health.”
Northeast State Health Services launched a Medical Clinic at the Blountville campus in fall 2014. The clinic was established via a partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Student and University Health Services. The clinic is staffed by licensed nurse practitioners who provide care, evaluate conditions for referral, offer health education, and answer any questions on health concerns.
The Allen Hurley Wellness trail at the Blountville campus is open to students, faculty, and staff throughout the year. The College also established a mandatory policy prohibiting smoking/tobacco use anywhere within 50 feet of a campus building. Northeast State students and staff also participate in physical activity events such as Walking Day and the Wellness Fair held each spring.
Gov. Bill Haslam launched the “Healthier Tennessee,” initiative in 2013 to improve physical active, better eating habits, and cessation of tobacco products. Healthier Tennessee uses a rewards-and-recognition program for participation and achievement including awards from the governor and a certification program for organizations. The designation is granted for one full year with an opportunity to renew on an annual basis.
The creation of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness and the launch of the Healthier Tennessee initiative are results of the work started by the Governor’s Health and Wellness Task Force that appointed in 2011. This effort is led by Gov. Haslam and made possible by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives.