North Coun­try Hospi­tal Re­ceives Work­site Well­ness Award

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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).

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