Parker University was recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. Each year, the Dallas Business Journal recognizes companies that proactively shape the health of their employees. Parker University was honored as an organization that’s committed to creating a healthy workplace.

The Healthiest Employers awards program evaluates organizations based on criteria including culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis. Parker University was awarded in the midsize company category, along with six others companies.

Parker University actively promotes a healthy work environment for employees and encourages them to make positive lifestyle choices. The university implements a variety of wellness programs including Simply Well, which is an online tool used to motivate employees to manage and increase healthy behaviors. The customized program enables employees to identify their possible health risks and empowers them to improve their health with the help of individualized action plans and support tools. Employees receive Simply Well points for participating in events such as self-defense classes, weekend walks, and workouts on campus like yoga or P90X.

Parker University also provides free chiropractic care, health and wellness counseling, and discounted health and wellness products, including supplements, back and neck supportive pillows, and massagers.

In addition, the Human Resources Department collaborates with the Parker University Wellness Committee, which plans healthy events and programs throughout the year. “We’re proud of the numerous programs and support systems we have that encourage and assist in employees’ health,” said Sandra McLean, the chief human resources officer of Parker University. “Our wellness committee provides extensive support for employees. They’re great about coming up with fun ways to get people moving and inspired about being active and eating healthy.”

Parker University also has a gym on campus with free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, a basketball court, and a yoga area that’s free to employees and their spouses.