Governor’s Foundation Recognizes Healthier Tennessee Workplaces

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellnessannounced that 73 businesses and institutions across the state have been named as Healthier Tennessee Workplaces, the first to receive the awards in a new program to recognize organizations that encourage and enable employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. 

“We all have a role to play in improving the health of our state, and the organizations we recognize today are helping lead the way,”Gov. Bill Haslam said. “They have demonstrated a clear commitment to providing a culture of wellness in their workplaces and are having an impact on employee health, and in turn, the health of our state.” 

Healthier Tennessee Workplaces have certified that they have a wellness program in place that does the following: 

Ø  Encourages and enables physical activity in the workplace

Ø  Offers healthy eating options at work

Ø  Provides a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation

Ø  Encourages and enables employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups 

Ø  Rewards and recognizes employees for participating in health and wellness activities and achieving health improvements 

Rick Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Governor’s Foundation, praised the inaugural group that is being recognized.  “The leaders of these Healthier Tennessee Workplaces have created a culture of wellness that encourages and enables employees to be healthier, more productive, and more satisfied with their jobs.  It’s good for business, and it’s good for Tennessee.”  

Places of employment can apply at any time throughout the year. The designation is granted for one full year with an opportunity to renew on an annual basis. 

Those interested in becoming a Healthier Tennessee Workplace should apply at www.healthiertn.com/workplace. A company representative must register for Small Starts @ Work, then use the Small Starts tool to enter information about the healthy practices the company has in place to promote physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation.   

Companies that don’t currently have an ongoing wellness program can use Small Starts @ Work, a free, online tool, available through the Healthier Tennessee initiative, to get started and become eligible. 

Small Starts @ Work provides employers with tips, ideas and actions to help employees get healthier together.  It is simple to use and can be adapted for businesses and organizations of all sizes. The toolkit is optimized for use on desktops, tablets and smartphones.  



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