Businesses honored for worksite wellness efforts

Nearly 60 businesses were honored as Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awardees in June.

The 58 companies were praised for accomplishments in worksite health promotion.

“In public health, we strive to improve health through community-based efforts,” Dr. Howard Haft, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, said in announcing the winners. “Worksites are one place that many Marylanders spend a majority of their day and are a crucial setting in which to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

The awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces.

Applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and used in assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation of workplace wellness efforts.

Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze or On the Path award based on their activities to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time.

This year’s winners in the Crossroads area are:

Frederick County

• Gold: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, AstraZeneca, Battelle National Biodefense Institute, First United Bank & Trust, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick Memorial Hospital, iHire LLC.

• Silver: Frederick County Health Department, Legal & General America, Mental Health Association of Frederick County

• On the Path: A2LA, Corporate Occupational Health Solutions LLC, Frederick County Department of Social Services, McLaughlin Family Chiropractic

Washington County

• Gold: Hub Labels, Staples Distribution Center, The Arc of Washington County

• Bronze: Fahrney-
Keedy, Washington County Health Department

Allegany County

• Gold: CBIZ

• Silver: AHEC West