Local employers can be recognized for workplace wellness programs

Last updated: July 17. 2014 2:59PM - 1088 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Employers that have implemented successful workplace wellness programs now have an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts.

In cooperation with seven regional Chambers of Commerce and the ChamberChoice program, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Awards Program.

The winners of the prestigious annual awards will be honored by their local Chamber of Commerce later this year. Previous Healthy Workplace Awards winners can also be nominated for the Continuing Excellence Award, which recognizes a past award recipient that continues to pursue workplace wellness.

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Awards Program. Wilkes-Barre area employers may nominate themselves, or can be nominated by a third party, by visiting www.chamberchoice.com and clicking on Services, then Employer Sponsored Health Insurance to download the form from the left-hand side of the page.

Nominations may also be submitted by contacting the Chamber at 570-823-2101.

Following the nomination process, which runs through September 8, winners in the Wilkes-Barre area will then be chosen in two categories - smaller businesses with one to 49 employees, and larger businesses with 50 or more employees. Judges will evaluate the nominations based on the strength and creativity of their workplace wellness efforts.

Examples of workplace wellness initiatives include organizing a wellness committee, identifying walking routes for staff to take during lunch breaks, committing to a 100 percent smoke-free workplace, offering healthy food choices in vending machines and cafeterias, and arranging health fairs and screenings for employees.

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