Published on February 11, 2019
The Town of Oro Valley was recognized recently by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Gold Award level of excellence in worksite wellness.
The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award recognizes employers that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, their families and their community by implementing comprehensive worksite wellness strategies.
The minimum qualifications to be considered for this award include attending the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program training and developing a plan to improve employee health and safety. To qualify for the Silver and Gold levels of the award, employers need to support employee health through policy and systems changes. The Platinum award recognizes businesses making an impact both within and beyond their walls addressing one or more of the many health challenges impacting communities across the state.
The Town of Oro Valley received this recognition by supporting employee health in the following ways, efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of employees, their families and their community through evidence-based worksite health initiatives and promising programs.
"Since employees spend nearly half of their waking hours at work, the workplace represents an important setting for promoting healthy behaviors," said Human Resources Director Chris Brady. "Efficient, effective and sustainable worksite wellness initiatives have been shown to reduce healthcare costs. While results at each organization can vary, some employers have realized up to a $6 return for every $1 invested in wellness programs."
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Its mission is to help employers learn how to successfully implement worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses. For more information, go to www.healthyazworksites.org