Congratulations to the 79 employers that received awards!
All worksite wellness efforts deserve praise. Governor Shumlin and Health Commissioner Chen signed certificates recognizing the programs of all 79 applicants.
Each year, as the number of applicants grows and the competition becomes fiercer, we tweak the application and review process to make it more effective. We currently use a point system for objective questions that applicants answer online, and for subjective essays that our team of 20 wellness experts reviews. Worksites are separated by number of employees, so that small offices are compared to other small offices and large organizations face off with others their same size. Points totals determine which of six award levels a worksite receives.
The first level of Award is the Governor’s Recognition. It acknowledges employers who are experiencing rapid growth and interest in the area of health promotion. These companies demonstrate an understanding of health management planning principals. In the interest of time, we ask Governor’s Recognition winners to get their certificate after the ceremony — we have them at the registration table.
The second level of Award is the Governors Rising Star. It recognizes employers who have created programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their health with regular exercise, nutritious meals and wellness care. They show potential for developing strong wellness programs with measurable results.
The next level of award recognition is the Bronze Award Category. Bronze recipients are implementing creative & successful worksite wellness initiatives. These businesses and organizations have created successful programs that encourage and support their employees in developing a healthy lifestyle. They demonstrate a solid foundation and understanding of key components for future program growth and success.
The next level of recognition is the Silver award. Silver recognizes organizations and businesses that have expanded their wellness programs beyond awareness and education. Silver recipients incorporate supportive policies into their business plan, demonstrate senior level support, dedicate resources to worksite wellness, and concentrate on individual behavior change.
The Gold award recognizes employers that have developed comprehensive, results-oriented health management programs. Their programs are strategic, connected to the employer’s mission, and demonstrate that planning, resource allocation, and outcome measurement are key to successful implementation.
The Gold Standard is our highest level award. It is granted to worksites that have won Gold previously and continue to provide outstanding wellness initiatives based on ongoing assessments of employees’ wellness needs and goals, that engage a significant percentage of employees, with leadership support and measurable results.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Town of Berkshire
Town of Charleston
Village of Derby Center —Gold
Village of Derby Line —Silver
Town of Marshfield —Bronze
Town of Whittingham
Bogner of America
Chittenden Solid Waste District —Gold Standard
City of Vergennes
Hickok & Boardman, Inc.
Hickok & Boardman Group Benefits and Financial Planning —Silver
Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District
Rutland Housing Authority
Town of Castleton —Bronze
Town of Killington —Silver
Town of Lyndon —Bronze
Town of Richmond
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Vermont League of Cities and Towns —Gold
Ben & Jerry’s —Gold Standard
City of Barre
Dwight Asset Management Company —Bronze
Engelberth Construction, Inc. —Silver
Heritage Family Credit Union —Gold
Northeast Kingdon Learning Services, Inc.
Sonnax Industries, Inc. – SILVER
The Richards Group
Town of Rockingham/Village of Bellows Falls
Vermont Gas Systems
Addison Central Supervisory Union
BioTek Instruments, Inc. —Silver
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont —Gold Standard
Counseling Service of Addison County —Gold
Franklin County Home Health Agency, Inc.
Greater Burlington YMCA —Bronze
Green Mountain Power —Rising Star
HEI / The Equinox Resort & Spa
Husky Injection Molding Systems —Silver
Johnson State College
Lyndon State College SHAPE Facility
Merchants Bank —Bronze
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
New England Federal Credit Union
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. —Bronze
Northfield Savings Bank
Passumpsic Savings Bank
Plasan North America
Rutland Mental Health Services —Gold Standard
The Vermont Country Store —Gold Standard
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group —Rising Star
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Central Vermont Public Service —Gold
Chittenden South Supervisory Union
City of Burlington —Gold
Dealer.com —Gold Standard
Goodrich Corporation —Gold Standard
National Life Group —Silver
Northwestern Medical Center —Gold Standard
PC Construction Company
Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc. —Bronze
Central Vermont Medical Center —Rising Star
Fletcher Allen Health Care —Silver
HowardCenter —Rising Star
MVP Health Care —Gold Standard
Price Chopper/Golub Corporation —Gold
Rutland Regional Medical Center
State of Vermont —Gold
Stratton Mountain Resort —Bronze