When it comes to promoting workplace wellness and encouraging healthier behavior, the North Dakota State College of Science continues to lead by example. For the second year in a row, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer has once again awarded NDSCS with CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings and ensuring access to quality treatment.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs founded by former President George H.W. Bush, created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers and leading nonprofit, health organizations. The Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete action in five key areas of health and wellness to reduce the risk of cancer in the workplace.
NDSCS is a tobacco-free campus and has an active employee-driven Wellness Team that oversees campus-wide initiatives, including health screenings, a flu shot blitz, a fruit/veggie challenge, healthy cooking classes, walking programs and more.
“We are honored to once again be recognized for the work we do to encourage our faculty and staff to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “Any steps we can take to reduce the cancer risk for our employees and campus community will have a positive long-term impact on the workforce in North Dakota.”
To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use, encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy diet and nutrition, detecting cancer at its earliest stages and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.