Friday, May 29, 2009

City of Battle Ground Receives Well City Honor

The City of Battle Ground has been notified it will be recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) at its annual conference in June with the AWC WellCity Award of Excellence, for its outstanding worksite wellness program.

The AWC WellCity Award recognizes cities and towns that demonstrate best practices in employee health promotion. An AWC WellCity must meet the minimum criteria in each of nine WellCity standards; policies and procedures, leadership support, wellness committee, internal and external resources, needs assessment, worksite environment, operating plan, mix of program activities and evaluation.

City Manager Dennis Osborn recognized the City’s Wellness Committee and co-chairs Claire Lider and Tamara Gunter for their work in organizing and promoting a successful wellness program for employees, “Well designed wellness programs help reduce employee health risks and health care costs. Our employees who participate in the programs have been successful in reducing health risk factors which leads to a reduction in cost.”

Other benefits of the employee wellness program include improved morale, increased productivity and reduced use of sick leave, compensation claims and health care utilization and costs.

For more information about the City of Battle Ground or its Wellness Program, please call 360-342-5004.

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