Vermont Employers Honored for Wellness at Work
Janet Franz, firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 29, Governor Peter Shumlin and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to 79 Vermont worksites for their employee wellness programs. The awards honor employers that support staff access to physical fitness activities and promote good health on and off the job. Recipients will receive the awards in a 9:00 a.m. ceremony during a Worksite Wellness Conference at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.
The total number of recipients is larger this year than in any of the 15 previous years of the awards. The increase reflects a trend in human resources management to empower workers to take personal responsibility for their health.
"Employers are seeing that physically fit people are more productive and emotionally invested in their careers," said Janet Franz, council chairperson. "We all benefit when the people who bring us goods and services are healthy and feel good. The awards and conference aim to encourage Vermont employers to share great ideas and best practices for promoting health and fitness."
The awards are given in groupings based on the number of employees at each worksite, so that smaller companies do not compete against larger ones. In each size category, several levels of awards may be given: Gold Standard for past Gold recipients, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Other applicants receive recognition. Recipients are as follows:
Town of Lyndon - GOLD
Town of Mendon - SILVER
Village of Derby Center -BRONZE
Town of Richford
Village of Derby Line
Town of Waitsfield
The Benefits Alliance
Town of Charleston
Chittenden Solid Waste District – GOLD STANDARD
Town of Killington - GOLD
Vermont League of Cities and Towns - SILVER
Hackett Valine & MacDonald - BRONZE
Rutland Housing Authority
Town of Weathersfield
Town of Castleton
Vermont Technical College Williston Campus
ASIC North, Inc.
Windham Solid Waste Management District
Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning and Group Benefits
Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont
Town of Bethel
Town of Warren
Bogner of America
City of Vergennes
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Ben and Jerry’s – GOLD STANDARD
Mack Molding - GOLD
NRG Systems - SILVER
Huber+Suhner, Inc. - BRONZE
Green Mountain Children’s Center
DEW Construction Corp.
City of Barre
Rhino Foods, Inc.
Dwight Asset Management Company, LLC
Heritage Family Credit Union
Town of Essex
Town of Milton
Town of Rockingham/Village of Bellows Falls
Co-operative Insurance Companies
Town of Colchester
Dealer.com – GOLD STANDARD
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont – GOLD STANDARD
The Vermont Country Store – GOLD STANDARD
Community Care Network/Rutland Mental Health Services -GOLD
Husky Injection Molding Systems -SILVER
Vermont Mutual Insurance – BRONZE
Franklin County Home Health Agency, Inc.
Northfield Savings Bank
WICOR Americas Inc./Weidmann Electrical Technology Inc.
Vermont Law School
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc.
Green Mountain Power
Northwestern Medical Center – GOLD STANDARD
GE Healthcare - GOLD
Central Vermont Public Service Corporation - SILVER
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital - BRONZE
City of Burlington
Lyndon State College
Pizzagalli Construction Company
MVP Health Care - GOLD
Fletcher Allen Health Care - SILVER
Price Chopper/Golub Corporation -BRONZE
Chittenden South Supervisory Union
National Life Group
Stratton Mountain Resort
Vehicle and Automotive Distributors Association
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Rutland Regional Medical Center
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of volunteers appointed by the Governor and representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters. The objectives of the council, defined in the legislation passed in 1986, include: Developing and coordinating services and programs of physical fitness for the people of Vermont; sponsoring physical fitness and sports workshops, clinics and conferences; and giving recognition to outstanding developments and achievements in physical fitness and sports.
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