Six More Organizations Make Healthy Living Commitments

Categories: Champion Story, Community Engagement, Workplace Wellness

Six more Monadnock Region businesses and organizations have made the commitment to make their workplaces healthier for employees. These organizations join the growing number of businesses and organizations in the region that have taken tangible steps to improve the health and wellbeing of their workplaces by joining Healthy Monadnock’s Organizational Champion program.

The new Healthy Monadnock Organizational Champions that have joined in the first quarter of 2017 include:

To become a Healthy Monadnock Organizational Champion, an organization must pledge (and draw up a plan) to create a healthier environment in the workplace, which could range from creating a smoke-free campus to offering “walking meetings,” to providing designated areas for employees to breastfeed their babies, says Kath McLaughlin, program manager for the Healthy Monadnock Champions Program..

Worksite wellness advisors help organizations develop comprehensive worksite wellness plans that meet the individual needs of the organization. One Organizational Champion, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, now offers staff a once-a-week yoga class to relieve stress, ensures at least 50 percent healthy food options at organizational functions to encourage healthier eating, and has approved a casual dress code to increase the staff’s physical activity during breaks and lunch hour; the organization is also now a smoke-free campus.

“There are many creative ways that businesses and organizations can create a culture of health for employees. Our Organizational Champions program works to help create these kinds of initiatives for businesses and organizations.” – Kath McLaughlin.

To date, 180 of the region’s organizations and businesses have joined as Organizational Champions in the Monadnock Region’s healthiest community initiative, Healthy Monadnock, notes McLaughlin.

The program, free of charge, provides help and guidance for creating a healthy workplace. It also gives organizations and businesses recognition for their efforts and hosts workshops and events in support of Healthy Monadnock’s action strategies.

Are you interested in learning more about the Champions program? Contact an advisor today!