University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Recreational
Sports has been named the recipient of the Mississippi Governor's
Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports Worksite Wellness Award.
As a recipient
of the award, the Department of Recreational Sports will be honored
at the governor's mansion in Jackson on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Department
representatives will receive a framed letter of recognition from
Governor Ronnie Musgrove and will receive local affiliation status
with the Governor's Commission of Physical Fitness and Sports.
a panel of business and fitness experts, nominees were judged on
various criteria gauging the overall health of worksite wellness.
These include employer investment, such as workout facilities and
incentives; quality of life factors, such as contributions or incentives
to the local community to promote healthier choices; labor-management
relations, such as safety issues, self-improvement, etc.; leadership,
found in innovative programs to promote wellness; and recognition
for contributions to worksite and community wellness.
isn't just an award for the Rec Sports Department, but for the whole
university," said Stacey Ready, assistant director for marketing
and public relations for Recreational Sports. "Fitness helps
everyone who works here because it ensures a happier, healthier,
more productive environment."
Touted in the
department's application, Ready said, were several outstanding facts
about its employees and facilities. All employees of Recreational
Sports are trained in basic First Aid, and some have extensive additional
training like CPR and AED, which provides a safe wellness and fitness
environment, she said.
heart and soul of our fitness community is the Payne Center, which
offers a myriad of activities and services. We also offer two trails
- the Wilgus Trail and the Longleaf Trace -- that are available
not only to the university community but to Hattiesburg and the
surrounding area, as well," Ready continued.
sports and student, faculty and staff workout activities, the Payne
Center has had more than 4 million participants since opening in
also offers fitness incentive programs to the university community
such as "No Payne, No Gain" and "Club Natural High:
A Freshman Year Experience."
employ a full-time Wellness Director, Dr. Susan Bone, who works
to provide our community with information about self-improvement
opportunities and healthy lifestyle choices," Ready said. "We
continually monitor how we are doing through a variety of instruments
designed to give us feedback.
constantly coming up with new ideas of how to promote fitness for
all of our academic community, staff and students. Whether it's
a smoking cessation or a weight-loss program, we have something
director of Recreational Sports, said he was proud to accept the
award on behalf of the governor's council and promised even better
results in the future.
our employee wellness program is in its infancy, and we plan to
grow it in the future to ensure the possibility of a healthy lifestyle
for everyone in South Mississippi," Giles said.