Montpelier — A record 129 workplaces in Vermont received awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Philip B. Scott, state health commissioner Mark Levine and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, presented the awards to business owners, company presidents and human resources directors on March 21 in Burlington.
A special award for Business Wellness Leadership was presented to, Sean McMannon (pictured bottom right), superintendent of the Winooski School District, for motivational role modeling, generous service to the community and strong leadership in sustaining a culture of wellbeing. Sean received $100 from the Governor’s Council to give to the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, the charity of McMannon’s choice.
The annual awards recognize Vermont employers’ programs and policies to bolster a culture of wellness and improve the lives of their workers. This year’s recipients include schools, banks, utilities, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, medical offices, retailers, manufacturers, retailers, insurance companies and ski resorts.
The awards provide an opportunity for the governor and health commissioner to thank businesses and organizations for their efforts to support a health Vermont workforce. These efforts help keep health care costs down, improve productivity and make Vermont a great place to live and work.
The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with an all-day Worksite Wellness Conference, during which the award recipients and others interested in health, fitness and worksite issues share best practices for inspiring employees to make healthy choices on and off the job. Keynote speaker Dawna Ballard, a communication studies professor from the University of Texas at Austin and author of the book Work Pressures, presented on ideas about chronemics – the study of the role of time in human communication.
For a full list of the employers receiving the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness, contact Janet Franz, Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports chairperson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes health and wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels.
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