Healthiest Maryland Businesses Honored For Worksite Wellness Achievements
Two local businesses, with assistance from the Garrett County Health Department, received Healthiest Maryland Business status and were recently recognized as Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awardees for their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion.
Employers in the program earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award based on their wellness activities to establish leadership support, create committees, survey the needs and interests of employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track outcomes over time.
“We are proud of our partner businesses for supporting their employees to be healthier versions of themselves,” said Amy Ritchie, Workplace Wellness Coordinator at the Garrett County Health Department. Within their first year of being a Healthiest Maryland Business, The Wisp (Everbright Pacific, LLC) received the Gold Award, the highest possible status, and GCC Technologies, LLC, achieved the On The Path Award. Employees spend a large part of their waking hours at their workplace, so helping them make healthier choices at work extends into their entire life.”
The Wellness at Work Awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the State’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply, and there is no cost to be a member. Recognition criteria are based on the CDC’s Workplace Health Model and applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and utilized in the four areas of assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation.
The Healthiest Maryland Businesses program was launched in 2010 and is based at Maryland Department of Health. Businesses receive assistance in creating customized wellness plans, setting wellness goals, and monitoring progress. Six regional coordinators provide personalized guidance to businesses of all sizes. To date, over 460 businesses have signed on to take advantage of this program.
In addition to The Wisp, GCC Technologies, and the Garrett County Health Department, other Garrett County businesses listed as Healthiest Maryland Businesses are: First United Bank & Trust, Lowe’s, Naylor’s Ace Hardware, Garrett Regional Medical Center, Thrasher Engineering, and Total Biz Fulfillment, Inc.
To learn more about becoming a Healthiest Maryland Business call Amy Ritchie at the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111. A complete list of recognized businesses can be found at www.healthiestMDbusinesses.org/awardsprogram.