Gold star for the Town of Truro in work­place well­ness

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY FRAM DINSHAW

e town of Truro was one of three north­ern Nova Sco­tia mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that won a gold award for build­ing a healthy work­place.

Truro, New Glas­gow and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Antigo­nish were the three gold win­ners of the 2018 Work­place Well­ness Awards, pre­sented at the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tors Nova Sco­tia’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Baddeck on Oct. 17.

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic,” said Shan­non Jarvis, Truro’s ac­tive com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor. “Hap­pier em­ploy­ees tend to have more ful­fill­ing days. We got sil­ver over the last two years, so it’s nice to make that jump.”

Truro won gold this year due in large part to its ag­gres­sive pro­mo­tion of healthy life­styles among town em­ploy­ees.

Jarvis said owing to some em­ploy­ees hav­ing car­diac is­sues, the town worked with the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, fundrais­ing for events such as lo­cal rides on their Big Bike.

Em­ploy­ees are also en­cour­aged to take part in sports tour­na­ments such as softball and hockey, de- pend­ing on the sea­son and are o ered break­fasts to boost both work­place morale and healthy nour­ish­ment.

Jarvis cred­ited the town’s CAO Michael Dolter and other mem­bers of se­nior lead­er­ship in pro­mot­ing a healthy work­place with healthy life­styles.

“Com­pre­hen­sive work­place well­ness pro­gram­ming should in­clude aware­ness rais­ing, skill-build­ing, pro­vid­ing a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, and de­vel­op­ing sup­port­ive poli­cies,” said Re­becca Kol­stee, mu­nic­i­pal well­ness co-or­di­na­tor for AMANS, in a re­lease last week.

Sil­ver award win­ners were the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Cum­ber­land, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the Dis­trict of West Hants, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Vic­to­ria County, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the Dis­trict of Lunen­burg and the Town of Westville.

Bronze awards were picked up by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the Dis­trict of Bar­ring­ton, the Town of Stellarton and the Town of Kentville.

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