Employers receive Healthy Michigan Worksite Awards for wellness practices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Dec. 14, 2018

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – Nineteen employers were awarded Healthy Michigan Worksite Awards by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for investing in wellness programs designed to improve the health of their workforce.

This new award is part of the Designing Healthy Environments at Work program and for the first time, recognizes employers across the state that have committed to enhancing the culture of health within their workplace by focusing on the work environment along with organizational practices and policies. This effort is part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan, which lays out strategies for reducing obesity and improving health and wellness.

“These organizations have established outstanding worksite wellness programs that serve as models for other Michigan businesses that seek to develop and enhance a culture of health,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “Their efforts are paying off in improved employee wellbeing, more effective management of healthcare costs and the ability to attract and retain top talent.”

Awards are presented to worksites meeting the criteria for bronze, silver or gold status. To be awarded bronze, companies had to complete a Designing Healthy Environments at Work Assessment; complete at least one action for improvement; and submit a success story. To receive silver, awardees also had to receive an assessment score between 60 and 79 percent and complete at least two actions for improvement. Gold awardees had to score 80 percent or more on their assessment and complete at least four actions for improvement.

The 2018 Healthy Michigan Worksite Awardees are:

Gold
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Henry Ford Health System
Kalkaska Screw Products

Silver
Boulder Park Terrace
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Washington Square Building

Bronze
Armor Express
CAN Council of Saginaw
Efullment Services, Inc.
Frankfortpines Assisted Living
Grand Traverse Industries
IronFish
Lake City Elementary School
Michigan Center for Rural Health
Michigan Nonprofit Association
M R Products, Inc.
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
RJG Inc.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
U.S. SBA

For more information about the Designing Healthy Environments at Work program, visit Mihealthtools.org/work.

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