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Local employers recognized for healthy workplaces

The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) has included several employers in the Quad Cities region in a list of 127 employers, throughout Arizona, recognized for outstanding worksite-wellness strategies, according to a media release from HAWP.

Prescott United School District, the Town of Prescott Valley and Yavapai College are among the employers named Wednesday, May 22, at HAWP’s annual event, held at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix.

Dr. Cara Christ, director of Arizona Department of Health Services, and Sherry Haskins, HAWP program manager, thanked the employers for their commitment to employee health and wellness. “I want to congratulate all of the employers that have made a commitment to creating healthy worksites,” Christ said. “When employers implement programs to create healthier places to work, they are developing more engaged workforce and contributing to the overall health of our communities.”

In addition to the annual award recognition, HAWP provides guidance, free of charge, to help employers create a healthy workplace culture, using methods proven to improve employee health and wellness. The next HAWP training for employers is Friday, June 1. Registration is through the website www.HealthyAZWorksites.org.

To date, hundreds of corporations, healthcare organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions have used the program’s evidenced-based, worksite- wellness tool — the CDC Workplace Health Scorecard.

“This scorecard helps businesses benchmark their own success annually and compare scores with companies of comparable size,” says Haskins. “With so many creative ways a business can create a culture of health for employees, having a tool like the scorecard is key to prioritizing needs and health outcomes.”

Employers were recognized in four categories — Copper, Silver, Gold and Platinum — depending on tangible steps undertaken at their worksites, and, in some cases, within the employer’s overall community, to improve health and wellbeing.

The Town of Prescott Valley was recognized at the highest level, Platinum, for “making an impact both within and beyond their walls addressing one or more of the many health challenges impacting communities across the state,” according to the group’s website http://healthyazworksites.org/hawp-award/.

Yavapai College was recognized at the Silver level, indicating “an employer’s worksite program has the minimum components needed for a comprehensive worksite health program, including senior level management support, an active wellness team, a program budget, and use of data,” according to the website.

Prescott Unified School District was recognized at the Copper level, for its “initial steps to receive worksite health training, gain leadership support, begin organizational assessment, create infrastructure supports and fashion an introductory worksite health improvement plan,” according to the website.

— Information provided by Healthy Arizona Worksites Program.