Medical Mutual gift to enhance campus wellness efforts

BGSU faculty, administrators and staff are the beneficiaries of a gift from Medical Mutual of Ohio.

As part of a comprehensive effort to improve employee health and wellness, the $200,000 gift over four years will provide program planning to assist BGSU employees with weight loss, smoking cessation and education on a variety of wellness topics. The goal is to create a culture of health consciousness and to encourage and reward healthy habits, informed health-care choices and a commitment on the part of every employee to take an active role in their wellness.

Representatives from the Wellness Connection, the Student Health Service, the Student Recreation Center and Human Resources have already begun planning an employee wellness day and other wellness-related events.

Dr. Glenn Egelman, physician in chief and director of the Student Health Service, said, “We are excited to develop this important partnership with Medical Mutual of Ohio and are hopeful that it will have a meaningful impact on the wellness of our campus community.”

The gift from Medical Mutual reflects the growing emphasis in the health-care industry on wellness and preventive care. Kent Clapp, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Medical Mutual of Ohio, said, “We’re here to serve our policyholders. Our partnership with Bowling Green State University will provide outstanding service to our customers. Over the years as the health-care industry and the needs of our customers have changed, so have we.”

With nearly 2,500 employees, Medical Mutual has been a health-care partner in Ohio since 1934.

The gift is part of Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for BGSU, which has raised more than $114 million to date. The $120 million campaign runs through December 2008.

June 18, 2007