Johnna Grice, Class of 2010The Resource Center (TRC) took top honors as one of Western New York's healthiest employers at the sixth annual Healthiest Employers Awards, given by Buffalo Business First. And that's thanks, in part, to Johnna Grice, RN, '10, who works as a health coach there.

TRC's employee wellness program launched in 2013, when the organization rolled out its System Tranformation with Accountability, Results, and Satisfaction (STARS) program, designed to help employees develop and sustain healthier lifestyles by addressing the needs of the whole person in five key areas: basic needs, physical health, employment, behavioral health, and family/social well being. As part of her work as a health coach, Grice supports newly hired TRC staff members.

Before becoming a health coach, Grice was a STARS program participant who initially signed up to receive a reduction in her health insurance premium. But after her first meeting with her own health coach, Grice realized what a positive experience it could be. She later decided to become a health coach and help others. In 2010, she earned a degree in nursing from JCC.

Enrollment in the STARS program includes a biometric screening and a minimum of three meetings per year with a health coach like Grice. During those meetings, Grice works with the employee to develop and review an individualized wellness planner that addresses the five areas of wellness. The program offers a number of initiatives and activities, including community exercise programs and nutrition classes. To date, about 250 TRC employees have enrolled in the program, up from 15 who enrolled during the program's first year.

PHOTO: Grice, right, is pictured with STARS program manager Donna Trusso.


Monday, June 27, 2016 - 10:26am
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