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Healthy living at Ole Miss

Kudos to the University of Mississippi and its staff, faculty and students on being named the healthiest workplace among state colleges and universities in Mississippi.

The university is leading the way when it comes to healthy nutrition for those who work and study on the campus. Leading the charge is the RebelWell program, which was developed to provide a range of opportunities for employees to become educated about living a healthy lifestyle through group fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and nutrition counseling, among other services.

Campus health programs have also benefited from $575,000 in wellness grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The funding came through a $326,000 grant earlier this year and a $250,000 wellness grant from the foundation in 2014.

Grants have been used for nutrition educational expenses and to buy physical activity equipment and supplies, buying educational equipment for school-age children and promotional items and funding for campaigns, contracted services, community programs and sponsorships for major events. There’s also funding for fresh fruit for school programs and a national certification for a strength program aimed at women over 40.

The healthiest workplace recognition is a tremendous honor for the university and those who made it happen.