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Butler University’s Healthy Horizons earns state’s top wellness ranking

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Butler University’s employee wellness program, Healthy Horizons, has acquired the Wellness Council of Indiana’s Five Star AchieveWELL certification. This is the highest level of the program that is focused on providing a set of standards necessary to achieving successful worksite wellness. Standards are progressive from Three Star through Five Star.

“We are proud to certify Butler University as a Five Star AchieveWELL employer,” said Chuck Gillespie, program director for the Wellness Council of Indiana. “Butler’s achievement in worksite wellness translates not only into healthier employees, but a healthier community.”

Healthy Horizons, which is run by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ (COPHS) pharmacy faculty, offers ongoing health screenings, health-risk assessments, health education resources, and health improvement and disease management programs.

“This certification is a wonderful recognition of Butler’s ongoing commitment to improve the health of all employees,” said Carrie Maffeo, Healthy Horizons program director and associate professor of pharmacy practice.

To receive the Five Star Award, Healthy Horizons had to show an expansion in its programming and community involvement. Some new programs include the popular “Manage My Medications” program, which provides employees the opportunity to review their medications with a pharmacist and develop a medication action plan to achieve health-related goals. Also new is the Healthy Butler Family Program, which allows employees and their family unit to engage in healthy behaviors together through goal setting and health coaching.

In terms of community involvement, Healthy Horizons continued their participation in the Dick Lugar Run Health Fair and COPHS’ annual Health Screening Fair, as well as on-campus H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Clinics in 2010 and 2011 and participation in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 2010.

Since launching in 2005, Healthy Horizons has had over 4,700 appointments with Butler faculty and staff members.

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