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MPTC named Blue Zone’s workplace

August 29, 2018

Blue Zones Project Dodge County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 22 at Moraine Park Technical College, 700 Gould St., Beaver Dam, to recognize the organization as a Blue Zones Project approved worksite.

“It is no small feat to earn this designation,” said MPTC Dean Lisa Pollard. “From the stand-up desks that we have to our HRA and some of the other things that we do, we are really committed to health and wellness for all of us here at MPTC.”

At Moraine Park Technical College, a College Mentor Program for employees is designed to match employees and foster professional relationships. MPTC launched a Potluck Moai, a group of employees who gather regularly to share plant-based lunches. With approximately 15 participants at each potluck, participants begin to think about food differently and are more willing to experiment with new dishes to share with the group. The recipes are being compiled into a book to share with employees. In the upcoming school year, MPTC plans to designate walking routes and form Walking Moais, further fostering professional social connections.

Employees at MPTC are also encouraged to move more through fitness classes that are offered during professional development days including yoga, Zumba, and a workshop on stretches that can be done in an office setting during the day. In the office workspaces, signs encourage employees to remember to take micro-breaks, which are good for both the body and the mind. Well-being messages are displayed on computers and monitors throughout campus. Workplace benefits employees enjoy at MPTC include health and gym membership reimbursement and access to Go365, an employee health coaching program.

Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus has enjoyed healthier options at the building’s café and at least 50 percent of the vending machine options will come from the healthy vending guidelines food list for the 2018-2019 school year. Plans are also in the works to host a plant-based cooking class in the upcoming school year.

For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.

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