Well City Award earns city insurance discount

By Mary Ann Hardie | Mar 20, 2017
Mary Ann Hardie

The city of Edmonds will be receiving the 2017 Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Well City Award at the Healthy Worksite Summit March 22-23 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

As a result of achieving the Well City Award status, the city of Edmonds has earned a 2 percent discount on all AWC Trust medical insurance premiums in 2018. With support from city leadership, the Wellness Committee (made up of members of each department throughout the city) worked diligently to obtain this recognition, which signifies a culture of, and commitment to, wellness at the city.

To achieve the award, the city had to meet 40 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 WebMD by 50 percent of the total covered employees and spouses on the city’s health insurance plan.

Activities that occurred in 2016 to achieve this award were lunch and learn nutritional cooking demonstrations, physical activities at the Mayor’s annual employee appreciation picnic, “Fitness Fridays” with ongoing lunch-hour games, and a Health Benefits & Wellness Fair for employees at City Hall.

One popular wellness event in 2016 was the “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” where employees had an opportunity to bring their children to work for part of the day.

The Wellness Committee then provided structured educational activities, tours of the police department, fire vehicles, and the Waste Water Treatment Plant, along with a meet-and-greet with Mayor Dave Earling.

The Wellness Committee has already planned several new projects/activities for 2017, which were presented to the Mayor and the directors in February.

The first of this year’s activities included the “Breakfast Reimagined” cooking event hosted by 2016 Wellness chair Royce Napolitino March 9 at the Public Works Building.

Napolitino explained how to prepare oatmeal three ways (sweet, savory and traditional) and provided an opportunity for employees to sample the different flavors. The event was well-attended and promoted healthy eating behaviors and habits.

Mary Ann Hardie is the Human Resources director for the city of Edmonds.


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