January 23, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Doreen Bischof, FNP, ’17, director of Mount Saint Mary College Health Services, and Dina Leduc, RN, ’98, assistant director of Health Services (left to right, holding award) accepted Orange’s Health and Wellness Gold Medal for Excellence recently from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
Mount Saint Mary College was recently presented with Orange’s Health and Wellness Gold Medal for Excellence by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, in recognition on the college’s commitment to health and wellness.
“It was really exciting to have the Mount recognized for this,” said Doreen Bischof, FNP, ’17, director of Health Services. “It was a great honor.”
The college received the award for its ongoing efforts to increase wellness on campus for students, faculty, and staff members. Such programing, among other initiatives, includes:
- The creation of the Mount’s Employee Wellness Committee in January 2018, spearheaded by Bischof and Dina Leduc, RN, ’98, assistant director of Health Services
- The Water Friendly Program, which provides access to drinking water stations on campus and educates faculty, staff, and students on the benefits of water consumption
- The annual Beth Roeper Health and Wellness Fair (2019 will mark the 26th year for the event)
- The “Stress-less Room” program, which provides students, faculty, and staff with a quiet, private space, a massage chair, and relaxing music or guided meditations
- Biweekly health and wellness information stations with detailed materials about smoking cessation, stress management, and the benefits of exercise
- Additional programs throughout campus
Facilitating these efforts is the Employee Wellness Committee, comprised of representatives from the Mount’s offices of Health Services, Human Resources, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Counseling Services, the Mount’s food service provider Parkhurst Dining, faculty members, and more.
“Wellness affects every aspect of your life,” said Bischof. “If we’re not taking care of ourselves, if we’re not eating heart healthy or not exercising, there’s a higher chance of complications that occur because of that…we need to have personal health in order to have a healthy community.”
Future endeavors for the committee include creating a “walking club” to make an easy way for faculty and staff to exercise during breaks; offering lunch and learn programs about wellness/nutrition; spearheading an Employee Wellness Day in the summer, to compliment the college’s annual staff and faculty development days; and exploring interest in new and innovative healthy programs on campus.
Bischof hopes that by faculty and staff setting a good example, and by gearing programs specifically towards Mount students, healthy habits will flourish throughout the college community.
“We’re here to serve the students,” said Bischof. “Not only can we teach them from an academic standpoint, but also model for them from a health standpoint. Hopefully they will follow suit and never get to the point of having some of these preventable health issues.”