Employers win healthy worksite designations

Employers win healthy worksite designations

CHAMPAIGN — Six Champaign County employers have been named winners of Illinois Healthy Worksite designations.

The winners, announced by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, include Carle, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the City of Urbana, Human Kinetics and Parkland College.

The Healthy Worksite designation is a program of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Governor's Council on Health and Fitness to recognize employers that make employee health a priority.

Achievement levels were designated in gold, silver and bronze, with Carle receiving a silver designation and the other five receiving bronze-level awards, according to Tara McCauley, special projects coordinator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Bronze-level workplaces needed to actively promote and support healthy nutrition at work and provide and encourage opportunities for physical activity at work.

Silver-level winners needed to develop a 12-month health and wellness calendar and ongoing communication plan to promote employee health and well-being throughout the year. They also needed to demonstrate a commitment to employee health and well-being by making it part of their mission statement, goals and operations.

Gold-level winners had to go a level beyond and develop lifestyle and disease management strategies and measure their success on an annual basis.

There were 64 applications submitted for this recognition statewide, and about half were selected for recognition. Seven were selected gold-level winners, 11 were silver-level and 15 were bronze level winners, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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