A Lincoln-based cylinder manufacturer and a Hemingford communications company are just two of 38 recipients of this year’s Governor’s Wellness Award. Companies are given the award for proving they’ve implemented polices designed to shape a healthy work environment. Governor Pete Rickets says such initiatives are beneficial for both workers and employees.
“in fact,” says Ricketts, “A recent study came out that showed that the return for companies investing in wellness programs is 6 to 1, so it really pays off for the company as well.”
Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Judy Martin says the 2018 Governor’s Wellness Award recognizes companies whose efforts to mold a healthy workforce have shown measurable results.
“This past year, our award winners reported a decrease in obesity of 5%, a decrease in tobacco use by 12% and an increase percentage of folks meeting the Surgeon General guidelines for physical activity.” says Martin.
Types of policies implemented by this year’s winners included giving annual health screenings to employees and giving workers memberships to local gyms.
Ricketts says, among other benefits, effective wellness programs also help keep control of insurance rates.