UCCS HealthCircle, Kirkpatrick Bank create wellness pilot program

The UCCS HealthCircle Clinics will offer expertise in nutrition, wellness and health to employees and advisory board members of Kirkpatrick Bank, the organizations announced May. 20.

The pilot worksite wellness program integrates a personal health focus into the workplace and provides opportunities for UCCS students and faculty to engage in outcomes-based research.

“This pilot program connects respected leaders at the university with a community business to improve the health of employees,” Trent Stafford, president, Kirkpatrick Bank, said. “We were very excited to join with UCCS to create this program, which we believe can be a template for other companies in our community to foster a healthy, productive workforce. ”

Partners in Worksite Wellness will provide 19 Kirkpatrick employees and advisory board members an initial health assessment designed to serve as the basis for a customized, individual wellness plan focused on diet, exercise, behavior modification and holistic health education. Participants will have access to UCCS HealthCircle clinicians, Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences facilities, and programs. Programs include demonstrations of healthy cooking and classes in areas ranging from stress management, aerobics, cardio vascular fitness and yoga. Each participant will be paired with a personal health coach who may assess their workplace environment as well as assist in obtaining personal goals.

Dean Nancy Smith
Dean Nancy Smith

“The opportunity for UCCS students and faculty members to engage with Kirkpatrick Bank employees and advisory board members is exciting,” Nancy Smith, dean, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said. “This pilot program creates a dynamic blend of practice and outcomes-based research.”

Through the effort, university and bank leaders hope to develop a robust workplace wellness program, supported by research and study how work performance is affected by diet and physical activity as well as how lifestyle factors influence stress and productivity. Mary Ann Kluge, professor, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and director of the Center for Active Living, will serve as the primary liaison with Kirkpatrick. She will be aided by a recent graduate of a UCCS health sciences program who plans to study the program’s results. Kirkpatrick will pay $20,000 for the services during the approximately six-month long pilot program.

Kirkpatrick Bank is a business bank serving Oklahoma and Colorado with branches in Edmond, Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs. Originally chartered as American Bank and Trust in 1970, the bank was acquired by the Kirkpatrick family in 1988. Kirkpatrick Bank also offers an exclusively online product, Savings Square, which has attracted customers in all 50 states. For more information, visit https://kirkpatrickbank.com/

Five clinics operate under the banner of UCCS HealthCircle in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences on North Nevada Ave. Services include a nurse-managed primary care clinic to help with common ailments and ongoing health concerns as well as specialized services in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, aging, and behavioral health.  For more information, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~healthcircle/

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