For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

Touro University California selected as one of the Healthiest Companies in North Bay

(Vallejo, CA – December 2, 2015) - Touro University California’s primary role in the community is to serve, lead, and teach the significance and value of managing a healthy lifestyle. This goal was recently recognized as the North Bay Business Journal announced winners of its fifth annual Healthiest Companies awardees for 2015.

The prestigious award highlights businesses and organizations with outstanding wellness programs, which help offset employer healthcare costs and improve employee morale and productivity. Such efforts can also help employers retain and recruit employees, according to health officials. The Touro University California campus is working together to create a social movement to further establish healthy living as part of the campus culture and surrounding communities.

"As a Jewish nonprofit graduate institution that produces healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to promote the relevance of health among faculty, staff and everyone on campus," said Marilyn Hopkins, PhD, Provost and COO of Touro University California. "We believe that employees who live a healthy lifestyle tend to have greater job satisfaction, are more committed to the university’s mission, have a higher level of self-confidence and inspire self-confidence in others."

In addition to encouraging healthy living in the various Bay Area communities, Touro University California prides itself on promoting a healthy lifestyle initiative on campus to develop best practices with its faculty, students, and staff. The institution offers free health checks, clinics, yoga and meditation, events and activities that inspire a healthy body and mind.

The creation of campus events such as contests for "Bike to Work" day; "One Million Steps Up Harter Way," an initiative to walk up and down its 113 campus steps until it reached 1 million; and the annual Mare Island Run, where students organize a 5K run/walk with proceeds benefitting local nonprofits, further support an active lifestyle for faculty, staff and students. The campus also hosts blood drives, medication adherence checks, and the "Touro Goes Green" event. In addition, students have a wide variety of athletic clubs that keep them active and healthy, including flag football, soccer, basketball and more.

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About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.