Healthy Community Coalition to Hold Second Annual Work Healthy Program
January 22, 2009The Healthy Community Coalition is holding its second annual Work Healthy! program, which recognizes businesses and organizations in Greater Franklin County that have placed a high priority on promoting good health for their employees.
By supporting a tobacco-free lifestyle, encouraging physical activity, and/or promoting healthy eating-businesses and organizations may realize the benefits of a healthier workforce including reduced absenteeism, reduced disability costs, reduced health care costs, improved productivity, and increased moral and loyalty.
By participating in the program, businesses can earn the Work Healthy! Award, which recognizes them as community leaders by promoting good health for their employees.
“It’s easy to do, engages staff, and has many benefits,” said Nate Morse, program coordinator. “A business may already qualify if it has a written tobacco-free policy, offers healthy food choices, or promotes health and wellness in a variety of ways.”
According to Morse, Healthy Community Coalition staff can provide no-cost technical assistance ideas and guidance for implementing strategies to improve the health of one’s workforce. A sampling of activities used by area businesses has included: implementing the companies tobacco policy; offering a brown bag forum on healthy eating; paying part of the fee for an employee to attend Weight Watchers or an exercise program; offering healthy food options when hosting meetings; and organizing a corporate team to participate in a charity walk.
During its first year the program had 12 organizations participate and Morse hopes to double the number of participants this year.
Participants in 2008 included: TD Banknorth; Camden National Bank; Franklin Community Health Network; Lewiston Sun Journal; SAD 9; Verso Paper, Androscoggin Mill; Androscoggin Bank; Jay Town Office; University of Maine at Farmington; Maine Department of Health & Human Services, Farmington; Western Maine Community Action; and Notify MD.
For additional information contact the Healthy Community Coalition at 779-3136 or go online to: http://www.fchn.org/hcc/health/work-healthy.
Registration deadline is March 13.
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