Union County, Ohio

The Healthy Business Council of Ohio Honors Union County as a Healthy Worksite Silver Award Winner

The Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) will recognize 111 Ohio employers for healthy worksite practices during the 16th annual Healthy Worksite Awards presentation in January. Among the recipients being honored are Union County and the City of Marysville.  

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.

“This award should go to the dedicated and hard-working employees of our county,” said Union County Commissioner Chris Schmenk.  “83.5 % of our employees completed our wellness initiatives in our 2019 benefit year, and we estimate this saved our county taxpayers thousands of dollars.  More importantly, our employees are healthier, which allows them to live longer and more enjoyable lives with friends and families.”  All applications were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Three levels of high achievement were awarded in 2019 — Gold, Silver and Bronze.

"It is always affirming for an organization to be recognized for their efforts, especially in the area of wellness,” said Brian Dostanko, Marysville’s Human Resources Director. “Our City has an outstanding wellness team comprised of professionals from each department. That team effort is helping us establish an excellent wellness culture that also continuously looks for ways to improve."  

The City of Marysville and Union County have a shared goal in promoting health and wellness within their organizations and have a long history of working collaboratively to offer health education and wellness activities to their employees. Through events such as health screenings, wellness fairs, onsite flu shots, and other events, these organizations are empowering individuals to make smarter lifestyle choices and utlimately lower their overall health risks.

“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. 

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