Vermont Employers Honored for Wellness Programs

On March 27, business leaders at 91 Vermont worksites received awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, presented the awards. More than 300 people attended the ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.

Through the awards, the council acknowledges efforts made to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment, and improve the lives of Vermont citizens.

During the ceremony, Governor Shumlin expressed his support for Vermont companies that understand that a fit workforce leads to a stronger community and a robust state. “The worksites we honor here include ski resorts, municipal offices, banks, radio stations, universities, retail stores and more. They are diverse, yet driven by the common goal of improving the health and wellness of their valued employees. Their innovative programs go far in preventing chronic conditions, lowering health care costs, and improving quality of life for all Vermonters.’

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen congratulated the 91 award winners and took time to stand with them for photographs.  “Evidence reveals many health and economic benefits of worksite wellness,” Chen noted. “Employers that support healthy eating, physical activity, quitting tobacco, breastfeeding, and health screenings improve employee health, enhance productivity, and contribute to healthier families and communities.”

Council chair Janet Franz called the winners to the stage to shake hands with Shumlin and Chen. “Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Franz.  This year we honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners are sharing their best practices at the conference.”

Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author oft he book,  24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, discussed individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Conference workshops engaged participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.

For details on the award-winning worksite wellness programs, download the 2014 WorksiteWellnessBooklet

Here are the honorees, sorted by the number of people employed:

Circus Smirkus
Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center —SILVER
Town of Waitsfield —SILVER
Village of Derby Center —BRONZE

11-50 Employees
Addison County Solid Waste Management District
Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products —GOLD STANDARD
Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning and HR Intelligence —GOLD
Morningside House, Inc, dba Morningside Shelter
OpenTempo —BRONZE
Town & Village of Ludlow —SILVER
Town of Castleton —GOLD STANDARD
Town of Charleston —BRONZE
Town of Fair Haven
Town of Killington —SILVER
Town of St. Albans
Trudell Consulting Engineers —GOLD
Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Housing Finance Agency —SILVER
Vermont League of Cities and Towns —SILVER
Windham Southeast Supervisory Union —BRONZE
Youth Services

51-150 Employees
AsicNorth —BRONZE
Choice Strategies, a Division of WageWorks —SILVER
Chroma Technology Corp —SILVER
Hickok & Boardman, Inc. —SILVER
Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Inc.
Northfield Savings Bank —SILVER
Omya Inc. —SILVER
Renewable NRG Systems —SILVER
RockTenn —BRONZE
Seventh Generation, Inc. —SILVER
Town of Bennington —BRONZE
Town of Colchester —SILVER
Vermont Electric Cooperative —GOLD
Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC —BRONZE
Vermont Public Radio

151 – 500 Employees
A.N. Deringer, Inc. —BRONZE
BioTek Instruments, Inc. —GOLD
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont —GOLD STANDARD
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
Champlain College —SILVER
City Market —BRONZE
Counseling Services of Addison County
Engelberth Construction, Inc. —SILVER
Essex Town School District —BRONZE
Franklin County Home Health Agency —SILVER
Grace Cottage Hospital —GOLD
Johnson State College —BRONZE
King Arthur Flour —SILVER
Lamoille County Mental Health Services —SILVER
Lyndon State College —BRONZE
Marathon Health, Inc. —GOLD
Mascoma Savings Bank —BRONZE
North Country Hospital —GOLD
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. —SILVER
Perrigo Nutritionals
Rutland Mental Health Services —SILVER
Sonnax Industries —SILVER
SymQuest Group, Inc. —BRONZE
The Co-op Food Stores —BRONZE
United Counseling Service of Bennington County —SILVER
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Vermont Mutual Insurance Company —SILVER
Vermont Student Assistance Corp. —GOLD
Wake Robin —BRONZE
Woodstock Inn and Resort —BRONZE

501 – 999 Employees
Burlington International Airport —BRONZE
City of Burlington, Vermont —BRONZE —GOLD STANDARD
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center —SILVER
National Life Group —SILVER
Northwestern Medical Center —GOLD STANDARD
Norwich University
PC Construction Company —GOLD
Sugarbush Resort
The Vermont Country Store —SILVER
UTC Aerospace Systems —SILVER
Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. —BRONZE

1000+ Employees
Central Vermont Medical Center —SILVER
Chittenden Solid Waste District —BRONZE
Fletcher Allen Health Care —GOLD
GE Aviation —BRONZE
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
MVP Health Care —SILVER
Price Chopper/Golub Corporation —SILVER
Rutland Regional Medical Center —SILVER
State of Vermont —GOLD

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