Mayor Greg Fischer and Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt presented the Annual Healthy Mayor’s Hometown Movement Worksite Wellness Awards to 24 local companies today. The companies were recognized at the “Bend the Trend” conference held at the Gheens Foundation Lodge at Creekside Center at Beckley Creek Park. More than 150 representatives from businesses across the state attended the conference to learn best practices and proven strategies for reducing health risks and improving quality of life for their employees.
The awards recognize local small, medium and large businesses who lead the way in implementing evidence-based health interventions and strategies. The awards are based on the nationally recognized CDC Worksite Wellness Scorecard. Points are assigned for proven health promotion strategies in several areas including tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, and stress management.
“Full time employees spend more than one-third of their day, five days a week at the workplace,” said Mayor Fischer. “Workplace health programs can lead to change at both the individual and the organization levels. And healthy employees are productive employees. I commend these businesses for working to help us create a healthier Louisville.”
The awards were presented to:
River Road Asset Management
Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Inc.
Louisville Water Company
Louisville Metro Government
Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
Jeff Wyler Toyota
Long John Silver’s, LLC
Thompson Miller Simpson, PLC
ISCO Industries, Inc.
University of Louisville
Dow Chemical Company
Christian Care Communities
In addition to the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, four companies were recognized with a new “Fleur de Lis” award. This award was created to honor businesses of extra small, small, medium and large sizes who were hitting and, in some cases, exceeding their wellness targets. These companies also have top management committed to health and wellness initiatives and offer a variety of opportunities for employees to obtain health information from lunch and learns and webinars to exercise classes. They are committed to community engagement by encouraging employees to participate in community walks and runs as well as the Mayor’s Give a Day Week of Service. The four companies honored with the Fleur de Lis award were: Insuramax (extra small), Dow Chemical (small), Raytheon (medium) and UPS (large).
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown annual Worksite Wellness Conference and Awards are planned and coordinated by the Worksite Wellness Council of Louisville. The Council fosters healthy work environments and serves as a resource for worksite wellness in metro Louisville. In addition to the annual conference and awards, HR professionals gather monthly with peers for facilitated Wellness Conversations and workshops. Past topics have included wellness strategy, success with committees and wellness champions, addressing stress at work and smoking cessation, among others. The monthly conversations and workshops are opportunities to hear and share best practices and local success stories and improve worksite wellness efforts