President's Health & Wellness Award


To recognize a GRCC employee who exemplifies the 7 Dimensions of Wellness through actions and words. 


Any employee (full-time, part-time, or adjunct) who has worked at GRCC for a minimum of 3 years is eligible to win the award.  An employee is eligible for this Award once every five years.


The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

Physical Dimension - Physical wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including adequate exercise, proper nutrition, and abstaining from harmful habits such as drug use and alcohol abuse. It means learning about and identifying symptoms of disease, getting regular medical checkups, and protecting yourself from injuries and harm.

Emotional Dimension - Emotional wellness is a dynamic state that fluctuates frequently with your other six dimensions of wellness. Being emotionally well is typically defined as possessing the ability to feel and express human emotions such as happiness, sadness, and anger. It means having the ability to love and be loved and achieving a sense of fulfillment in life. Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and the ability to share feelings.

Intellectual Dimension - The intellectual dimension encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do. People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness have an active mind and continue to learn. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand one's knowledge and improve skills. Keeping up-to-date on current events and participating in activities that arouse our minds are also important.

Social Dimension - Social wellness refers to our ability to interact successfully in our global community and to live up to the expectations and demands of our personal roles. This means learning good communication skills, developing intimacy with others, and creating a support network of friends and family members. Social wellness includes showing respect for others and yourself. Contributing to your community and to the world builds a sense of belonging.

Spiritual Dimension - Spiritual wellness involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one's life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope, and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose. It is willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, to question everything and to appreciate the things which cannot be readily explained or understood.  A spiritually well person seeks harmony between what lies within as well as the forces outside.

Environmental Wellness - Environmental wellness is an awareness of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment. It includes being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment.

Occupational Dimension - Occupational/Vocational wellness involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is related to your attitude about your work. Achieving optimal occupational wellness allows you to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction/pleasure in your employment.  Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.

Nomination/Selection Process: 

Employees will be asked nominate a GRCC colleague who exemplifies at least four (4) of the dimensions outlined.

Method of Recognition: 

The award is presented at the annual Employee Recognition Reception by the President of GRCC.  The recipient receives an engraved trophy.


Staff Development

Past President’s Health & Wellness Award Recipients:

Michelle Richter - Nursing

Jodi Kuyt - Wellness                               

Jola Lanier - Biology/Wellness                  

Theresa Freiberg - Career Resource Center        

Jan Chesla - Student Records           

Charles Burt - Wealthy Learning Corner 

Anita Cook - Library