North Country Hospital Receives Worksite Wellness Award
Members of North Country Hospital’s Worksite Wellness Team were presented with a Silver Worksite Wellness Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports in conjunction with the VT Department of Health at a ceremony on March 27 in Burlington. North Country is one of 63 Vermont worksites to receive honors for providing a culture of wellness for employees that includes innovative strategies promoting
health and fitness.
The application process, which is both competitive and comprehensive, includes the key areas of Vision and Mission, Leadership, Culture, Policy and Environment, Strategy and Implementation, and Evaluation. More specifically, worksites applying for an award must clearly and concisely document their wellness strategies – for example, opportunities for employees to participate in fitness activities, availability of healthy foods, resources for stress reduction and Employee Assistance Programs, promotion of volunteerism and community service, on-site recycling, and opportunities to make lifestyle changes.
The awards were presented by Governor Peter Shumlin and Dr. Harry Chen, Commissioner of Health. “Vermont companies get it,” stated Governor Shumlin. “Healthier employees create healthier families, healthier communities, and a healthier state. This is one key reason we are routinely voted the healthiest state and one of the best places to work in the country.” “The role of employers in keeping Vermonters healthy has gained significant momentum during recent years,” added Dr. Chen. “Worksites that champion wellness continually impress me with their innovation and creativity to improve the health of employees. Congratulations to all the award recipients!”
North Country employs over 500 people, many of whom participate in health and fitness opportunities offered by its Wellness Center, which also serves community members. For more information about North Country’s Wellness Center contact Merrilyn Barry at 334-5566 or Mary Hoadley at 334-3226. For more information about how North Country can assist in your employee health fairs, contact the North Country Community Health Department at 334-3208 or 3343290.
Dr. Harry Chen, VT Commissioner of Health (left) and Governor Peter Shumlin present the Worksite Wellness Award to Merrilyn Barry and North Country Hospital Wellness Center Manager Mary Hoadley (right).