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The Wesley Communities Receive 2019 Silver Healthy Worksite Award

(Columbus, OH)— The Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) will recognize 111 Ohio employers for healthy worksite practices during the 16th annual Healthy Worksite Awards presentation. Among the recipients being honored is The Wesley Communities.

The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.

“We are all very lucky to work for a company that values the health and wellness of its employees. This is our 5th year in a row earning at least the Silver Healthy Worksite Award due to our continued efforts each year to provide regular educational wellness seminars, nutrition and fitness challenges, rewards for completing healthy activities, annual biometric screenings, and free gym memberships for our residents,” said The Wesley Communities’ Wellness Coordinator, Spencer Fee.

All applications were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Three levels of high achievement were awarded in 2019 — Gold, Silver and Bronze. Other applicants, who meet basic criteria, received a Recognition award.

“This year’s application was more comprehensive than past years as we worked to better align our assessment with the CDC Worksite Health Scorecard so worksites could more effectively become competitive with national trends in workplace wellbeing programming,” explained the Healthy Worksite Award Co-Chair Annie Laurie Cadmus. “Worksites who are recognized this year should be especially proud of their accomplishments knowing they have provided their employees with nationally competitive and well-rounded programming that supports healthy lifestyles.”

The online award application is available to all Ohio-based worksites from mid-August through late October each year. While the 2019 application deadline has passed, Cadmus stressed that the HBCO would like to encourage all worksites, large and small, public and private, for profit and nonprofit, to consider applying for the Healthy Worksite Award in 2020.

“Based on participant feedback, we’ll be providing all of the Healthy Worksite Award questions in a fillable PDF in early 2020 so worksites can work on enhancing their programs and preparing their application materials well in advance of the October 31 deadline since next year’s scoring will become even more stringent,” Cadmus stated.

The awards ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. on January 23, 2020, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Health Action Council 2020 Annual Columbus Symposium. The symposium features national experts on health reform, health care systems and health benefits. The public is invited to register for this event at the Health Action Council website.

About The Wesley Communities

The Wesley Communities is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church that provides quality housing, health care and services for seniors in Central Ohio. Incorporated in 1967, The Wesley Communities is a not-for-profit Ohio corporation that seeks to promote a positive experience of community and wellness for resident, clients, and staff.

For more information, please contact The Wesley Communities’ Chief Marketing Officer, Ann Wenell at awenell@thewesleyway.org.