Vermont Employers Honored for Worksite Wellness Efforts
COVID-19 has shifted the ways employers take care of their workers.
May 2020: More than 70 businesses and organizations that employ Vermont workers have been selected to receive a 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness. Developed more than 20 years ago by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and presented in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, the annual awards provide an opportunity for the governor and health commissioner to thank businesses and organizations for their efforts to support Vermonters’ health and make Vermont a great place to live and work.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have piloted innovative programs, from virtual group exercise sessions and mental health webinars to delivering healthy snacks to workers’ homes. Many of these innovations will continue going forward, as employers have realized the benefits of supporting their workers’ physical, mental and social wellbeing. Shining a light on these successful practices encourages more businesses and organizations to foster wellness, to the mutual benefit of Vermont employers and workers, said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council.
“Employers can play a key role in creating a culture of wellbeing where workers, their families, and their communities can live healthy lifestyles, and this ultimately benefits the employer,” Franz said. “When people feel good, both inside and outside the workplace, they do quality work. They are invested in their careers, their companies and their customers.”
Following is the full list of 73 employers receiving the 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness:
Albert Bridge School
ASIC North, Inc.
Aspire Living & Learning, Inc.
Ben & Jerry’s
Berlin Elementary School
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
Caledonia Central Supervisory Union
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
Chittenden Solid Waste District
Chroma Technology Corp
City of Burlington/HR
Community Care Network
Co-operative Insurance Companies
Engelberth Construction, Inc.
Franklin County Home Health Agency
Gifford Health Care, Inc.
Grace Cottage Hospital
Grand Isle Supervisory Union
Hartland Elementary School
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence
Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group
Injury & Health Management Solutions Inc.
Jericho Elementary School
King Arthur Baking Co
Lamoille County Mental Health Services
Lamoille Health Partners
Maple Run Unified School District
Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District
Mt. Ascutney Hospital
MVP Health Care
New Chapter, Inc.
North Country Hospital
NorthCountry Federal Credit Union
Northeast Kingdom Community Action
Northeast Kingdom Human Services
Northfield Savings Bank
Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, Inc.
ReArch Company, Inc.
State of Vermont
The Richards Group
The University of Vermont Medical Center
THE VERMONT COUNTRY STORE
Town of Brattleboro
United Counseling Service
University of Vermont
Vermont Electric Co-op
Vermont Federal Credit Union
Vermont Information Processing, Inc.
Vermont Mutual Insurance Company
Vermont Precision Tools
Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region
Waitsfield Elementary School
Washington County Mental Health Services