SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff is now an official "Blue Zone Worksite," meaning the University maintains a healthy work environment that promotes and encourages employee well-being.
One of just 15 designated Blue Zone Worksites in Sioux City, Briar Cliff was required to meet several criteria set forth by The Blue Zones Project — a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.
Here are some ways BCU fosters healthy decision-making on campus:
- This is a bicycle friendly campus, with bike racks placed outside every dorm and access to Sioux City's bike trail system at the foot of the BCU hill.
- Every student on campus has a membership to the Siouxland YMCA, and employees receive a membership discount.
- Students and employees enjoy access to University workout facilities and tennis courts. There is even a 9-hole disc golf course built around The Cliff!
- The BCU Learning Community recently planted a community garden, with plans to donate the fruit and vegetables to the local food bank.
- Students and employees frequently meet up over the noon hour for walking groups around campus, or pick-up basketball games at the Newman-Flanagan Center.
- An on-campus health clinic offers wellness and counseling services to students and employees, and holds several educational events throughout the year, including the annual BCU Health Fair.
- Refillable water bottle stations have been added to University water fountains.
- Recycle bins are set up throughout the grounds.
- The Briar Cliff campus is tobacco free.
For more information on how your business can become a Blue Zones worksite, visit the Blue Zones Project Website »