Real Vermont employees tell their stories of becoming fitter, healthier, happier, stronger through wellness programs at work.
On March 27, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Worksite Wellness Conference Committee presented the first Business Leadership Award to an individual who consistently supports worksite wellness in Vermont.
This new award was inspired by the enthusiastic work of Tom Clavelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Engelbeth Construction and a 7-year member of the Council.
Tom’s job at Engelberth doesn’t center on wellness, but wellbeing is clearly Tom’s passion. Since joining ECI in 1993 he has supported innovative company wellness programs and encouraged employee health screenings, physical therapy, and insurance discounts for participation. Tom role models health and fitness and his coworkers frequently see him running, working out at the onsite gym, and riding his bicycle.
Appointed to the Council in 2007, Tom eagerly participates in Council worksite wellness efforts. Each year he works with the application review team to improve the application and determine awards. He collaborates with the conference committee to develop educational sessions, plan the awards ceremony, and serve as a panelist or moderator. He also works closely with the Council treasurer to manage financial records and fiscal processes. Tom volunteers at the council’s Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race and provides ECI space and resources for Council meetings.
Tom’s zeal for worksite wellness, motivational role modeling, generous service, and strong leadership inspired creation of this award to honor an individual who propels worksite wellness forward and raises the bar for other employers in sustaining a culture of wellbeing in the workplace. We are delighted to present the first Business Leadership Award to Tom Clavelle.
Tom Clavelle received the Vermont Business Leadership Award from Lori Smith (left), Director of Organizational Wellness at Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence in Burlington, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Tom is frequently spotted exercising in Engelberth Construction Inc’s onsite gym or heading outside for a run. He inspires his co-workers and colleagues to be active.
On March 27, business leaders at 91 Vermont worksites received awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, presented the awards. More than 300 people attended the ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.
Through the awards, the council acknowledges efforts made to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment, and improve the lives of Vermont citizens.
During the ceremony, Governor Shumlin expressed his support for Vermont companies that understand that a fit workforce leads to a stronger community and a robust state. “The worksites we honor here include ski resorts, municipal offices, banks, radio stations, universities, retail stores and more. They are diverse, yet driven by the common goal of improving the health and wellness of their valued employees. Their innovative programs go far in preventing chronic conditions, lowering health care costs, and improving quality of life for all Vermonters.’
Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen congratulated the 91 award winners and took time to stand with them for photographs. “Evidence reveals many health and economic benefits of worksite wellness,” Chen noted. “Employers that support healthy eating, physical activity, quitting tobacco, breastfeeding, and health screenings improve employee health, enhance productivity, and contribute to healthier families and communities.”
Council chair Janet Franz called the winners to the stage to shake hands with Shumlin and Chen. “Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Franz. This year we honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners are sharing their best practices at the conference.”
Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author oft he book, 24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, discussed individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Conference workshops engaged participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.
For details on the award-winning worksite wellness programs, download the 2014 WorksiteWellnessBooklet
Here are the honorees, sorted by the number of people employed:
Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center —SILVER
Town of Waitsfield —SILVER
Village of Derby Center —BRONZE
Addison County Solid Waste Management District
Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products —GOLD STANDARD
Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning and HR Intelligence —GOLD
Morningside House, Inc, dba Morningside Shelter
Town & Village of Ludlow —SILVER
Town of Castleton —GOLD STANDARD
Town of Charleston —BRONZE
Town of Fair Haven
Town of Killington —SILVER
Town of St. Albans
Trudell Consulting Engineers —GOLD
Vermont Housing Finance Agency —SILVER
Vermont League of Cities and Towns —SILVER
Windham Southeast Supervisory Union —BRONZE
Choice Strategies, a Division of WageWorks —SILVER
Chroma Technology Corp —SILVER
Hickok & Boardman, Inc. —SILVER
Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Inc.
Northfield Savings Bank —SILVER
Omya Inc. —SILVER
Renewable NRG Systems —SILVER
Seventh Generation, Inc. —SILVER
Town of Bennington —BRONZE
Town of Colchester —SILVER
Vermont Electric Cooperative —GOLD
Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC —BRONZE
Vermont Public Radio
151 – 500 Employees
A.N. Deringer, Inc. —BRONZE
BioTek Instruments, Inc. —GOLD
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont —GOLD STANDARD
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
Champlain College —SILVER
City Market —BRONZE
Counseling Services of Addison County
Engelberth Construction, Inc. —SILVER
Essex Town School District —BRONZE
Franklin County Home Health Agency —SILVER
GE Healthcare —GOLD STANDARD
Grace Cottage Hospital —GOLD
Johnson State College —BRONZE
King Arthur Flour —SILVER
Lamoille County Mental Health Services —SILVER
Lyndon State College —BRONZE
Marathon Health, Inc. —GOLD
Mascoma Savings Bank —BRONZE
North Country Hospital —GOLD
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. —SILVER
Rutland Mental Health Services —SILVER
Sonnax Industries —SILVER
SymQuest Group, Inc. —BRONZE
The Co-op Food Stores —BRONZE
United Counseling Service of Bennington County —SILVER
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Vermont Mutual Insurance Company —SILVER
Vermont Student Assistance Corp. —GOLD
Wake Robin —BRONZE
Woodstock Inn and Resort —BRONZE
501 – 999 Employees
Burlington International Airport —BRONZE
City of Burlington, Vermont —BRONZE
Dealer.com —GOLD STANDARD
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center —SILVER
National Life Group —SILVER
Northwestern Medical Center —GOLD STANDARD
PC Construction Company —GOLD
The Vermont Country Store —SILVER
UTC Aerospace Systems —SILVER
Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. —BRONZE
Central Vermont Medical Center —SILVER
Chittenden Solid Waste District —BRONZE
Fletcher Allen Health Care —GOLD
GE Aviation —BRONZE
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
MVP Health Care —SILVER
Price Chopper/Golub Corporation —SILVER
Rutland Regional Medical Center —SILVER
State of Vermont —GOLD
Following are links to download award photos:
STATEWIDE, Vt. — Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. Vermont business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists will share ideas for promoting health and fitness on and off the job.
Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to nearly 100 employers for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance.
“Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council. “The proof is in the number of Vermont companies with topnotch wellness programs. This year we will honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners will share their best practices at the conference.”
Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author of 24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, will discuss individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Concurrent workshops will engage participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.
Employers including Fletcher Allen Health Care, The Vermont Country Store, Engelberth Construction, and BioTek will present their strategies for employee health and wellness. Fitness professionals will demonstrate fitness activities that people can do at work.
New this year: The conference is partnering with Go!Vermont! to encourage ride sharing. A commuter bus will drive conference attendees to and from Montpelier.
The $100 registration fee includes a healthy lunch. Deadline to register is March 26. For more information call 802-863-7270. Register today!
The council’s co-sponsors include Vermont Department of Health, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, MVP Health Care, Northwestern Medical Center, INVEST EAP and Fletcher Allen Health Care.
The Northeast Disabled athletic Association (NDAA) offers a range of local and region-wide clinics and programs in Nordic sitskiing, sled hockey, power soccer and wheelchair basketball. For more information contact NDAA at 802-862-NDAA (6322) or visit their website at www.disabledathletics.
NDAA sponsors two of Vermont’s most exciting sports teams, The Vermont Sledcats, and the VT Chargers. The Sledcats are VT’s only sled hockey team and offer children, young adults and adults the opportunity to play hockey. The Sledcats practice every Sunday at South Burlington’s Cairns Arena in rink #1 from 3:50 PM to 5:20 PM. They offer all the equipment you will need to have a safe and fun time on the ice.
The Vermont Chargers are Vermont’s first power soccer team. Power soccer is soccer played in a power chair on a basketball court. The Chargers open practices are offered on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon at the Miller Rec Center on Gosse Court in Burlington.
NDAA also offers a Nordic sitski program with private lessons and rentals throughout the state and offers a sitski clinic on Saturday, February 1st at the Catamount Outdoor Family Recreation Center in Williston. Lesson, rental, trail pass and Starbucks Hot chocolate provided. Space is limited so sign up soon!