Sacred Heart University has been recognized by The Business Council of Fairfield County as a "Gold Level" award winner for its efforts in promoting a healthy workplace.

The human resources division of the university, which also received the 2011 "Award of Distinction for Workplace Wellness" from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, launched its Wellness Program in the fall of 2007 to provide employees with the opportunity to lead a healthier lifestyle, according to a university news release. The program offers on-site fitness classes, including Zumba, spinning and yoga, and discounts at local fitness facilities. An annual university health fair is also held for employees, students and family members, offering biometric health screenings, mobile mammograms through St. Vincent Hospital, healthy cooking demonstrations and other programs.

The program has also allowed employees to participate in educational programs such as Lunch & Learns, Weight Watchers at Work, weight loss webinars and stress management programs, the release states.

This year, the university announced a "Smoke-Free Campus" initiative, which took effect Jan. 1.