Public Health Invites Nominations for Healthy Workplace Awards
Public Health invites Washtenaw County businesses investing in healthier workplaces to apply for a Healthy Workplace Award.
The online nomination survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W6YJFYG.
The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.
Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Public Health is the starting point when taking steps towards making a healthier and stronger community. In 2014, the ACA will have a significant impact on public health. The ACA includes the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides funding for state and local prevention efforts, including worksite wellness. Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, said in a statement: “In past years, resources from the Fund have been diverted to other healthcare purposes. This year, the omnibus allocates 100 percent of the resources from the Fund to prevention and wellness activities” (January 16, 2014 http://www.harkin.senate.gov/press/release.cfm?i=349327.
In Washtenaw County, the percentage of adults who are overweight or obese has increased over time. More than 60% of local adults are now overweight or obese, according to the 2010 Health Improvement Plan Survey (available at http://hip.ewashtenaw.org). The workplace is a key starting point when working to implement prevention and wellness activities. Workplaces that take strides toward creating a positive and healthier work environment improve productivity; reduce the risk of chronic illness; and ultimately, have employees with better health outcomes.
For more information about the Healthy Workplace Awards, please contact Kathy Fellabaum, Health Educator at 734-544-2969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.