(Kansas City, MO) – Kansas City University (KCU) has been selected as a recipient of the annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of its employees through a workplace wellness program.
KCU was selected for its commitment to employee health through the KCYou Well-Being program that offers a benefits premium discount for completing preventive exams and biometric screenings, weekly and monthly well-being contests and prizes, a mental health counseling series focused on supporting employees who work remotely during the pandemic, complimentary dietician consultations, virtual workout classes, a personal training program, healthy cooking demonstrations, a flu vaccine clinic, and more.
“The mission of KCU is to improve the well-being of the communities we serve,” said Julie Deane, director of human resources. “We are especially honored to be recognized with the Well-Being Award from Cigna. Healthy employees are critical to the work we do in educating future health practitioners. We know healthy employees who feel valued are happier and more productive. Despite the ongoing pandemic, we continue to focus on providing employees with alternative health and wellness options and resources so they can stay physically and mentally well during this time.”
While poor health takes a physical toll on workers, it is also a burden to employers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. employers lose more than $225 billion each year in productivity due to employee health problems.
Cigna Well-Being Award applicants are evaluated based on the core components of their wellness program, including leadership engagement, company culture, strategy and goals, implementation, and employee engagement. All applications are scored and reviewed by a panel of Cigna health promotion experts.
About Kansas City University
Kansas City University, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private health sciences university, with a College of Osteopathic Medicine and a College of Biosciences. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the eighth largest medical school in the nation and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. KCU opened a second medical school campus in Joplin, MO in 2017 to help address the growing need for physicians in the regions’ rural communities. The University offers numerous graduate degrees to include a doctoral program in clinical psychology started in 2017 to meet the growing demand for behavioral health providers in the region. Groundbreaking for a College of Dental Medicine in Joplin, MO is scheduled to take place in 2021.
Elizabeth Alex, Director of Public Affairs
Kansas City University