College Receives Healthy Workplace Grant from Moses Taylor Foundation

Johnson College has received a $1,000 grant for its Healthy Workplace Initiative from the Moses Taylor Foundation. The Moses Taylor Foundation welcomed the opportunity to partner with the College to improve the health and wellness of people in Northeast Pennsylvania. The $1,000 grant will sponsor a free fitness class one evening per month open to all 75 employees. Each month will focus on a different activity, including Zumba, yoga, strength training, Pilates and kickboxing.

The first fitness class offered to faculty and staff was a yoga class on the campus lawn by Jaya Yoga.

Tracey Pratt, Manager of Development said, “Support from the Moses Taylor Foundation allows Johnson College to offer many types of fitness activities to our employees. It allows each participant to find what works for them and their wellness goals.”

Employee wellness is something the College has been working on for quite some time. Heather Buck, Human Resources Manager, is excited to get the employees even more active. “This past year our employees have participated in several healthy initiatives including the March Mayhem walking competition, walk it out Wednesdays, and organized Zumba and yoga classes. We have also organized healthy socials including a salad bar day where everyone can make a healthy lunch and share ideas for eating well.”

Over the next year, the College plans to utilize the funds to promote health and wellness in the workplace. “It is important for faculty and staff to not only do well at their job, but to feel their best every day. I think the Healthy Workplace Initiative grant will help us establish a workplace that is more health conscious and could even lead to better productivity on campus,” said Buck.

About Moses Taylor Foundation

Moses Taylor Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to building healthy communities and providing opportunities for people in Northeast Pennsylvania, especially the most vulnerable, to lead healthier lives. The Foundation was endowed in 2012 with the net proceeds from the sale of the Moses Taylor Health Care System to Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tennessee. Information on the work of Moses Taylor Foundation is available on the Foundation’s website: