Achievements | UNL named a 'Health Champion'

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Achievements | UNL named a ‘Health Champion’

The American Diabetes Association named UNL a Health Champion. The honor recognizes UNL's wellness initiative and is the first to be awarded in Nebraska.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has been named a Health Champion by the American Diabetes Association. The award recognizes companies and organizations that encourage organizational well being.

UNL is honored that our commitment to making the health and wellness of our employees a priority has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association,” said Kimberly Barrett, an assistant director of Campus Recreation and leader of UNL’s wellness services and fitness programs. ” Our goal is to encourage the adoption of healthy habits which will benefit the campus community, productivity and morale.”

To qualify for the award, a company or organization must meet healthy living criteria in three areas:

  • Nutrition and weight management, offering healthy food choices and activities that promote nutritional information;

  • Physical activity, working to encourage individuals to make healthy choices, including walking, biking to work, taking the stairs, etc.;

  • Organizational well being, which includes offering a smoke-free policy, having a designated wellness program coordinator, organizing a wellness committee, and integrating health topics into internal communications.

For more information on the award, click here.

Other recent awards collected by the UNL community include:

Faculty/Staff

Dave Gosselin, professor of natural resources and director of environmental studies, received two Idaho Author Awards for his book, “Focus on Them: Leading the Mindset Revolution for Coaches, Educators and Business Leaders.” The honors, presented in November, were in nonfiction and business categories. The annual awards showcase the talents of Idahoan authors and publishers.

Dipra Jha, assistant professor of practice in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management, was a guest lecturer at Dusit Thani College in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 25. The presentation on luxury hospitality in the Asian context was attended by students, faculty and industry professionals. In the talk, Jha also compared the guest engagement process between Asian hospitality brands and their Western counterparts.

Students

Calla Kessler and Jake Crandall, journalism and mass communications students, placed among the top 20 in the first of two Hearst Journalism Awards photo competitions. Kessler placed fourth, advancing to Heart’s Photo Semi-Final Competition. Her photo, “High Hoops,” was featured in a National Geographic gallery. Crandall’s entry placed 17th overall.

Journalism and Mass Communications students received 16 awards at the Nebraska Public Relations Society of America’s Paper Anvil Awards Gala, held in December. The awards include Student Best of Show, eight Awards of Excellence and seven Awards of Merit. For a complete roundup and list of award winners, click here.


This column is a regular feature of UNL Today. Faculty, staff and students can submit their achievements to be considered for this column via email to achievements@unl.edu. For more information, call 402-472-8515.

Dave Gosselin
UNL's Dipra Jha delivered a presentation on luxury hospitality at Dusit Thani College in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 25.
Noppasoon Vorraming | Dusit Thani College
UNL's Dipra Jha delivered a presentation on luxury hospitality at Dusit Thani College in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 25.
Students from UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications earned 16 awards at the Nebraska Public Relations Society of America's Paper Anvil Awards Gala in December.
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Students from UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications earned 16 awards at the Nebraska Public Relations Society of America's Paper Anvil Awards Gala in December.
Jake Crandall
Calla Kessler

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