Healthiest Maryland Businesses Honored For Worksite Wellness Achievements
Wellness at Work Awards Presented at the Annual Workplace Health and Wellness Symposium
Baltimore, MD (June 6, 2018)—On Friday, June 1, 58 Maryland employers were recognized as Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awardees for their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. Howard Haft, MD, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, congratulated awards recipients at the 9th Annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium, noting, “In public health, we strive to improve health through community-based efforts. Worksites are one place that many Marylanders spend a majority of their day and are a crucial setting in which to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Congratulations to all of the 2018 Wellness at Work Awards recipients.”
The Wellness at Work Awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply, and there is no cost to be a member. Recognition criteria are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workplace Health Model and applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and utilized in the four areas of assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation.
Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award based on their activities to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time. A complete list of recognized businesses can be found at www.healthiestMDbusinesses.org/awardsprogram.
Launched in 2010 and based at the Maryland Department of Health, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals, and monitor progress. Six regional coordinators around the state provide personalized guidance to businesses of all sizes. To date, more than 270 businesses have signed on to take advantage of this program. To learn more about Healthiest Maryland Businesses services or membership, visit www.healthiestMDbusinesses.org.
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