Feeling good: UCAR wins local award for wellness, ergonomics programs

The Boulder County Business Report has honored UCAR with a Health Hero Award. The award recognizes companies and individuals in a variety of health care categories, from emergency workers to administrators.

UCAR's award is in the contest's business category, which recognizes an employer's wellness program, healthy work environment, ergonomics program, or other health-related activities. Eligible companies must be in Boulder or Broomfield counties.

"We are honored to receive this award," says Katy Schmoll, UCAR vice president for finance and administration. "Wellness activities are an important part of our overall benefits package and demonstrate our commitment to our employees' well-being."

UCAR's extensive wellness program includes fitness centers, showers and locker rooms, onsite cafeterias, exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates, support for bicycle commuting, and corporate discounts on fitness centers and ski passes. The onsite health fair draws around 700 employees and family members each year.

UCAR provides one-on-one ergonomics consultations, at the request of any staff member, to reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries connected to computer use. Ergonomist Bob Wiley (HESS) averages 200 such evaluations each year. Over the past 10 years, the ergonomics program has reduced workstation injuries by 73%, despite yearly increases in computer work time.