SAC Wins Gold
San Antonio College won the “Gold Recognition”
for the 2014 Health Workplace Recognition Program. SAC was recognized during a
board meeting on Monday, May 19. The San Antonio Business Group on Health
(SABGH) and the Mayor’s Fitness Council sponsors the program.
Dr. Conrad D. Krueger Sr., Dean of Arts &
Sciences; Dr. Vernell E. Walker, Dean of Professional & Technical
Education; and Chris Dillon, Wellness Coordinator/Instructor, accepted the
award for San Antonio College.
program began in 2010 with less than 10 participating companies/organizations.
Today, the program has grown to include small and large groups and topped the
charts last year with 38 applications.
With about 1,000
employees, SAC falls into the large group category. The Healthy Workplace
Recognition Program evaluates an organization’s commitment to health and
wellness for its employees including the following:
Does the company commit to regular
physical activity for its employees?
Does the company support and encourage
health and wellness as part of its culture?
Are there programs such as a step
challenge in which employees can participate?
Does the company have on-site walking
Does the company provide flexible work
time for wellness activities?
Does the company encourage the use of
stairs instead of elevators/escalators?
SAC received the Silver Recognition last year.
Dillon said last year, SAC did not have
measurements and evaluations as part of the SAC’s health and wellness program.
He said that is the main reason why SAC missed getting the Gold last year.
This past year, measuring tools were added, said
Dillon. He also said a two-year study was started to evaluate the program’s
“This year we did it all,” said Dillon. “It’s
not easy, but we’ve worked really hard.”
We are trying to provide a service for the
employees, to create better health and wellness for them, he added.
“If we didn’t have the support from the top
down, it couldn’t happen,” said Dillon about the support the program gets from
the top administrators such as Zeigler.
Palo Alto will also be receiving an award this
year. Dillon said one of his projects for this coming year is to get the other
Alamo College campuses on board with a health and wellness program. Maybe in
the future, all Alamo Colleges can receive the Gold Recognition.
“We are heading in a great direction,” said
Dillon. “We’re doing great things.”