Edmonds earns Well City honor again

May 25, 2018

For the second year in a row, the city of Edmonds received the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Well City Award at the Healthy Worksite Summit March 21-22 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

As a result of achieving this Well City Award status, the City of Edmonds earned a 2 percent discount on all AWC Trust medical insurance premiums for 2019.

With support from city leadership and Human Resources (including Wellness coordinator Carly Derrick) the Wellness Committee (made up of members of each department throughout the City) worked to obtain this recognition, which signifies a culture of and commitment to wellness in Edmonds.

To achieve the award, the city had to meet many Well City Award requirements established by the AWC Benefit Trust.

The award requirements include having a council/mayor approved wellness policy and an active wellness program with employee participation; completing documented wellness-related activities that provide progress measurements of overall employee wellness; and, one of the biggest award requirements, completion of a health questionnaire through JIFF (by covered employees and spouses on the city’s health insurance plans).

This year, the City Council further promoted wellness and demonstrated its support of a healthy workforce by signing into effect a wellness ordinance in February 2018.

Activities that occurred in 2017 to achieve this award were various lunch & learn nutritional cooking demonstrations, physical activities at the Mayor’s annual employee appreciation picnic, “Fitness Fridays” with ongoing lunch hour games, and an annual Health Benefits & Wellness Fair for employees at City Hall.

One very popular event sponsored by the committee was the Field Day event August 22 at Civic Field. There were over 40 employees and family members participating in a relay- obstacle course- style event. Participants received a free event T-shirt and healthy snacks.

The Wellness Committee has already planned several new projects/activities ahead for the 2018 calendar year. Some of this year’s program activities include lunch and learn events and AWC wellness events (“Wander the Wonders” and the “Race to Wellness”), Gardening and Plant Starts, Bike to Work Month in May), Edmonds Family Movie Night and the annual Health & Wellness Fair.

 

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