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Heartland Named Healthy Worksite

The Illinois Department of Public Health has recognized Heartland Community College for their worksite health promotion efforts. HCC has been designated as a healthy worksite and was one of six organizations in the state to receive a gold status. Part of the We Choose Health community transformation grant, the designation was created to engage employers throughout the state in worksite wellness best practices.

Heartland’s committee for worksite wellness formed in October 2012 and includes members from various departments throughout the College. Their vision is to ensure all dimensions of wellness are valued and intentionally integrated into the campus culture.

“We spent the first year researching workplace wellness and what initiatives we wanted to implement,” said committee chair, Josh Kauten. “What we found was pretty eye opening, especially the cost of doing nothing.”

Kauten was referring to a return on investment (ROI) calculator that shows the rising cost of healthcare and projected savings with a wellness program. “We took the state’s average smoking and obesity rates and calculated what the savings would be if we reduced the rates by 10 percent. By 2018, we could be saving an estimated $520,000 annually in total healthcare-related expenses.”

To be considered for recognition, an organization has to show it promotes and demonstrates various health and wellness initiatives such as healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle and disease management. Kauten highlighted some of the initiatives Heartland currently has in place for employees such as free access to the Fitness and Recreation Center, free community education classes and a comprehensive healthcare plan that includes coverage for mental and physical wellness.

Heartland also recently implemented flexible scheduling where employees can work with their supervisor to determine a schedule that promotes work/life balance.

According to committee member Amy Munson, this is just a small portion of what they hope to accomplish. “We want to continuously promote and celebrate healthy habits,” she said. “Wellness is more than working out, it’s all encompassing from stress relief to an office that is ergonomically sound. Our committee will continue striving to meet the wellness needs of Heartland employees.”

The College’s gold designation will last for three years. For more information about the Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation, visit http://www.wechoosehealth365.com/aspx/Public/Page.aspx?pid=18663.

Employees interested in joining the committee or submitting an idea can contact Josh Kauten at josh.kauten@heartland.edu or (309) 268-8432.

Any Body on Display at HCC Art Gallery

There’s no wrong way to have a body.

That’s one of many messages coming out of Heartland’s latest art exhibit, Any Body: Art and Essays about Body Image.

Visit the exhibit
Any Body includes mixed media collages, essays and photograms created by students at Heartland, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan and Bloomington High School. The exhibit is on display at the Joe McCauley Art Gallery from Monday, October 27 through Friday, December 12. The gallery is located in ICB 2507.

Observe and participate
Gallery Coordinator Danell Dvorak describes Any Body as a conversation and is encouraging attendees to interact with the art and essays. “People have a unique and personal perspective on body image,” she said. “We want to invite everyone to join the discussion.”

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Leave comments on the gallery wall
  • Attend an artist reception Monday, October 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the gallery
  • Participate in a talking circle Friday, November 7  1-3 p.m. in ICB room 2810 (register by emailing dawn.berry@heartland.edu)

What’s on display
Some of the displays stem from HCC’s first art therapy session held October 8. The session gave participants an opportunity to explore the complexities of body image while experiencing art therapy as a potential career. Led by clinical social worker Michele Carroll, students were instructed to create whatever came to mind.

“I wanted them to focus more on the experience than the actual piece,” explained Carroll. What emerged was interesting and thoughtful collage art.

Pieces of the exhibit also include photograms from students at HCC, essays from students at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan and additional collages from students at Bloomington High School.

Thoughts on body image
Carroll describes body image as how we think other people see us and it’s something that is greatly influenced by the media, our families and culture.

The complexities of body image have been around for some time, but with the internet, social media and constant images and messages telling people they aren’t good enough, the pressure is much more intense today.

Having a negative viewpoint of our bodies can have negative consequences. “An unhealthy body image leads to body dysmorphic disorder, which is essentially a really skewed vision of what our body looks like,” explained Carroll. “It can lead to all kinds of others things including eating or exercise disorders.”

Body image is something that affects all ages; Carroll notes approximately 40 percent of third grade girls on diets.

Girls aren’t the only ones feeling the pressure either. Earlier this year, The Atlantic put out an article describing how body image is increasingly affecting boys. Citing the January issue of JAMA Pediatrics, The Atlantic reported 18 percent of boys are highly concerned about their weight and appearance, with most feeling pressure to gain weight and have a muscular physique.

At Any Body, you can read thoughts and essays on body image from students in our own community.

About the Joe McCauley Art Gallery
Exhibits, events, and parking at Heartland’s Joe McCauley Art Gallery are free. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on days the College is open.

For more information about exhibits, contact Danell Dvorak at ddvorak@heartland.edu and (309) 268-8599, or call Heartland’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department at (309) 268-8620.

Participating artists and authors


Greer Durham
Bloomington High School

Sarah Frey
Heartland Community College

Jamie McDonnell
Heartland Community College

Hannah Neal
Heartland Community College

Abbey Otto
Bloomington High School

Wayne Piercy
Heartland Community College

Emily Schikel
Heartland Community College

Klaude Utter
Bloomington High School


Paulette Bealer
Heartland Community College

Bernadette Cash
Heartland Community College

Sarah Frey
Heartland Community College

Jamie McDonnell
Heartland Community College


Hank Bolon
Illinois Wesleyan University

Rui Cao
Illinois Wesleyan University

Matthew Capone
Illinois Wesleyan University

Zoey Danielson
Heartland Community College

John Derrig
Illinois Wesleyan University

Marixa Ford
Illinois State University

Emilee Monken
Illinois Wesleyan University

Cassandra Nakis
Illinois State University

Danon Salonis-McGrew
Illinois State University

Victoria Tiberi
Illinois Wesleyan University

Student receives unique art from Iran

HCC art student Bernadette Cash received a unique package in the mail, a piece of art from Iran.

Not only did this artwork come from a unique location, it was personally created for Cash by Master of Arts student, Mohaddeseh Toubaei from Soureh University in Tehran.

Cash was one of the Heartland art students who participated in the Global Art Project in the spring of 2014, a program where students create art that represents global peace and mail them to students in another country. The recipient is encouraged to send back their own artwork symbolic of peace.

The exchange is kind of like a glorified international pen-pal experience. However, treasured pieces of art are traded instead of letters. According to globalartproject.org, each participant keeps the art sent to them as a gift of global friendship.

Jane Camp, associate professor of painting and drawing at HCC, decided to give her students the opportunity to participate in the Global Art Project after several showed interest. “I’ve done this before with groups of students, but prior to this year I hadn’t done it since 2008,” Camp said.

"The risk of the project is you may not receive anything back. It is still worth it to participate though because it brings us together, huddling in anticipation," explained Camp.

Camp and her students were thrilled to receive a copper metalwork piece from Toubaei in Tehran, Iran. It features a graphic logo combining the letters of the word "peace" in English and Persian languages. According to Toubaei's letter, the art includes the Eslimi pattern, which is considered one of the most beautiful and traditional Iranian patterns. The metalwork also features the wings of a dove carrying an olive branch in its beak, which is a common symbol of peace.

Prior to receiving the metalwork from Toubaei, Cash sent a diptych consisting of two silver gelatin prints. “After developing them in a darkroom, I blue toned the photographs to give them a cool, watery feel – like the ocean,” Cash said.

Entitled Seashore, the artwork was inspired by the peace Cash feels when she sees water. “When I was a young child, I moved to different places where I always lived near the sea. As an adult, I always keep sand, shells and pebbles as souvenirs from beaches whenever I travel,” said Cash.

It’s safe to say Cash will cherish the metalwork forever as it has such a unique story. The Global Art Project is something Camp will encourage future students to try.

Many wonder, what kind of art might Heartland students receive next?