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Flagler College Awarded Gold Level for 2023 Healthiest Companies

Sep 8, 2023

For the second year in a row, Flagler College was awarded the Gold Level Award for 2023 Healthiest Companies by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) for creating a culture of health and wellness within the organization.

Award recipients were honored at the Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference on May 3, 2023, at the University of North Florida. 

Flagler and peer recipients were recognized for making noteworthy strides to improve the health and well-being of their employees.  Applications were evaluated based on five critical components of a well-rounded wellness program: leadership alignment, promoting a healthy work environment and culture, wellness collaboration and program design, wellness programs and initiatives to support well-being, and evaluating and measuring opportunities and successes. 

Healthiest Companies award ceremony 2023
Healthiest Companies award ceremony 2023

“The health and wellness of our employees are paramount to the success of our institution. I am so pleased to lead a team dedicated to this mission, and we will continue to strive for worksite wellness,” said Kelly Toaston, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  

Gold-level award winners dedicate additional resources to ensure their programs are properly measured each year. They conduct an annual employee needs and interest survey, have a wellness operating plan, and strategically select programs to address their most prevalent health risks and conditions. 

“We are honored to receive this award once again and are grateful for the support and contributions of all our internal and external collaborations to our health and wellness initiatives/programs,” said Shari Stanford, Compensation and Benefits Manager for Flagler College.  “We will continue to prioritize, promote, and support the growth and improvement of the overall health and wellness of our employees.” 

Flagler College instills five pillars of wellness through its campus culture, including physical, mental, financial, social, and community.  

Examples of how Flagler engages its employees in these wellness pillars include the Health Fair with biometric screenings and various wellness vendors, the Employee Satisfaction Survey, the Employee Assistance Program, Alligator Farm Family Night, retirement consultations, professional development, tuition reimbursement, Council on Staff Affairs (COSA), and employee access to the Dining Hall to promote nutrition. 

The FCWWC was established in 2008 as a community work group led by a partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Duval County and the City of Jacksonville Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Well-being. The mission of the Council is to improve the health of the First Coast community by sharing resources and providing guidance through their member businesses.  

Additionally, the FCWWC provides networking opportunities, training, education, and resources to support the growth and development of wellness professionals and the organizations they serve. 

A full list of award recipients can be found here. 

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