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Wartburg named healthiest college in Iowa

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‘The W’ is only one part of how Wartburg shows how it promotes wellness to students, faculty and staff. Wartburg offers other programs that include; health screenings for students. — Emily Novotny/ TRUMPET

Wartburg has been selected as the 2012 college/university recipient of the Healthy Iowa Award presented by the Wellness Council of Iowa.

The four-year-old award program recognizes healthy Iowa communities and a healthy Iowa person, Gary Grace, vice president for administration, said.

The criteria of this award includes providing programing for faculty and staff, leader in wellness in higher education, demonstrates impact of programing and shows data, Dawn Wiegmann, director of wellness & health promotion, said.

To figure out what types of programs Wartburg should provide or improve, surveys are given out and show what type of action Wartburg can support, Grace said.

“We have a culture that supports wellness,” Grace said.

Wiegmann provides learning opportunities, newsletters, health screenings and feedback to all who meet with her individually.

“‘The W’ is just a small part of it, it’s how you promote it as well,” Grace said.

The goal is to have students become aware of the wellness programs Wartburg offers and to have it become a cultural thing across campus, Grace said.

During the processes Wartburg came out on top with the high honors but there were other schools that were in the running. That information was not available and for each award category only one school or person won an award, Wiegmann said.

Grace said while it’s nice to have an award to show Wartburg’s success and it does recognize the good work of the people but it’s not the only thing that matters.

“Future success should not be by the award but by the number of people we can engage,” Grace said.

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This is the first year that Wartburg has won the award. Tina Miller, director of human resources and wellness services for the Accel Group in Waverly, nominated Wartburg for the award. Miller, who is on the Wartburg Wellness Council, works with the college to develop and implement wellness programs.

If there are big concerns among students or faculty Wiegmann would have different programs set up to talk about those certain topics and have different sorts of programs set up to help teach students and faculty about it.

With no new programs in the works right now Wartburg is always prepared for something new.

“I think you have to have something new, especially in health care,” Wiegmann said.

Even with all that Wartburg offers there are still some things students would want to have.

“I really think there should be better workout equipment in the dorms,” Mary Brown said. “‘The W’ has really nice equipment and what if you can’t make it there during their hours? Having better machines in the dorms would help.”

Sara Morrissey said that Wartburg does provide a lot for students and that everyone needs to take advantage of what they provide.

“Wartburg makes their facilities accommodating for students and why wouldn’t you use what they provide?” Morrissey said.

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