City wins wellness and environmental awards from Hennepin County
The City earned a 2015 Wellness by Design Award from Hennepin County for its efforts to ensure a healthy work environment and encourage healthy employee lifestyles. The City received the Wellness by Design Gold award, one of the top honors, as well as a Wellness by Design Green award for its commitment to minimizing the City’s impact on the environment.
Hennepin County’s Wellness by Design Worksite Awards recognize employers for taking a leadership role in creating a work culture and environment that supports employee health. The awards recognize worksites for policies, environmental changes and creative programming that provide employees with choices and opportunities that can decrease the high rate of obesity, create healthier environments and reduce chronic disease.
The awards recognize the City’s many wellness efforts during 2013-2014. Some highlights include:
- Working with departments to ensure there are healthy food and beverage choices at meetings and in vending machines.
- Increasing healthy food options in vending machines.
- Offering employee discounts on annual Nice Ride bike-share memberships.
- Providing discounts to several fitness centers as well as a fitness reimbursement program through Medica.
- Promoting Medica’s online wellness programs and encouraging participation through incentives.
- Offering health fairs, onsite health screenings and onsite flu shots.
- Prohibiting tobacco use in the worksite and in company-owned vehicles and providing health insurance that covers tobacco-cessation medication including nicotine replacement therapy.
- Offering an Employee Assistance Program.
The awards also recognize the City’s environmental efforts during 2014, which included:
- Giving subsidies for mass-transit use.
- Setting all company printers to default to double-sided printing.
- Keeping the office temperature set to 76 degrees for cooling and 68 degrees for heating during work hours.
- Using the power-save mode for computers and monitors and turning computers off at the end of the day.
- Requiring LEED green building policy for new or extensively remodeled City buildings.
- Raising honey bees on City property.
- Promoting nearby farmers’ markets.
This is the fourth Wellness by Design Award the City has earned. The City will receive a plaque June 25 at Earl Brown Heritage Center in a ceremony including 80 other worksite winners: 13 bronze, 20 silver, 29 gold and 18 platinum. Of the winners, 53 worksites also achieved the Green environmental award.
Published Jun 16, 2015