HealthFitness Announces New Partnership with Rice University

Comprehensive wellness and health management program to launch with
”Week of Wellness” in October

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthFitness is pleased to announce its new partnership with
Houston-based Rice University to deliver a comprehensive wellness and
health management program for all university employees. A HealthFitness
on-site program manager will oversee the university’s suite of health
management services, which will include a technology platform with
wearable device integration, health assessments, Mind Your Health
educational seminars, flu shots and more. The new program will launch
via a series of “Week of Wellness” activities in October.

“We were ready to go to the next level in our wellness and health
management program and build out a robust strategy based on a behavior
change approach,” said Janel Edson, Rice University benefits manager.
“HealthFitness offered the strategic leadership and program support we
sought; we are excited to have them as a partner.”

HealthFitness’ Rosie Gonzalez, R.D., will serve as the university’s
on-site program manager. Gonzalez has been with HealthFitness since
2005, having worked in the behavioral health science group. She brings
more than 20 years of experience as a registered and licensed dietitian
in the health industry.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for us to work with Rice
University and jointly create a sustainable health management program
that leverages our people, tools and processes,” said Jennifer Smith,
HealthFitness vice president, account management. “We work with several
other large educational institutions and look forward to leveraging
book-of-business best practices to make ongoing healthy actions possible
for more of Rice University’s employee population.”

The new technology platform was introduced in early October, with health
assessments and flu shot clinics. Beginning Oct. 19, the “Week of
Wellness” will mark the start of on-site programming, including an
employee assistance program seminar on stress management, financial fair
and wellness walk. All 3,300 Rice University benefits eligible employees
are invited to participate in the campus-wide wellness program.

About HealthFitness
HealthFitness, a Trustmark company, is
an award-winning, URAC- and NCQA-accredited provider of health
management, corporate fitness and condition management solutions. With
nearly 40 years of experience, HealthFitness is a proven leader and
partner for infusing a culture of health. We maximize client results
through personalized interaction and a science-based approach to on-site
program management, engagement and prevention. Parent company Trustmark
provides a full spectrum of employee benefits to improve well-being
through better health and greater financial security. For more
information on HealthFitness, visit

About Rice University
As a leading research university with
a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University
(Rice) aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and
contribution to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this
mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery
that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. A member of
the American Association of Universities (AAU) Rice’s influence is
international as well as national, and the university is dedicated to
expanding relationships with the diverse communities of Houston, Texas,
the fourth-largest city in the United States. Currently, Rice’s
community includes approximately 850 faculty, 2,125 staff, 2,610
graduate students, and 3,888 undergraduates.


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