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St. Luke's Nieuwenhuis named among WELCOA's Top 10 Health Promotion Professionals

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St. Luke's Nieuwenhuis named among WELCOA's Top 10 Health Promotion Professionals

Erik Nieuwenhuis, MS, PT, of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s was recently recognized by The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as one of the top 10 health promotion professionals nationwide.

This distinguished group of health promotion professionals was chosen based on peer voting and an expert judging panel of 30 health promotion professionals. Nieuwenhuis’ recognition as one of the top 10 health promotion professionals for his vision of the future of health promotion comes on the heels of his prior recognition as one of WELCO’s top 100 health promotion professionals earlier this year.

Nieuwenhuis was also recognized for his leadership in implementing innovative solutions at St. Luke’s including a dynamic stretching program, ergonomics and injury prevention training as well as leading the organization’s safe patient handling equipment efforts. Those efforts have led to an 85% reduction in OSHA recordable musculoskeletal disorders as well as 1.3 DART (days away/restricted time) rate at St. Luke’s, both very low rates when compared to other health care organizations nationally.

Nieuwenhuis is part of St. Luke’s transformational team, responsible for helping the organization achieve WELCOA’s Gold Well Workplace recognition and Blue Zones worksite designation in 2013.

Prior to his most recent distinction, he was a past honoree of WELCOA’s faculty designation, an honor acknowledging individual achievement of the best health promotion professionals in national workplace wellness training.

Nieuwenhuis has been employed with St. Luke’s since 1998, leading St. Luke’s employees and workplaces in transforming the musculoskeletal well-being of their employees through ergonomic principles, worksmart posture habits and body mechanics and dynamic stretching. He has worked with over 300 companies including employees at St. Luke’s as well as companies nationwide and abroad on the benefits of the Industrial Athlete WorkSmart Ergonomics Injury Prevention Program.

Nieuwenhuis earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1998.