Hood Honored for Worksite Wellness Achievements
FREDERICK, Maryland— On Friday, June 7, Hood College was recognized by Healthiest Maryland Businesses as a Bronze level recipient of the Wellness at Work awards. The Wellness at Work awards took place at the 10th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Wellness at Work awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the State’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply, and there is no cost to be a member.
Recognition criteria are based on the CDC’s Workplace Health Model, and applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and utilized in the four areas of assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation. 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. A complete list of businesses recognized at this year’s Wellness at Work awards can be found here: https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/awards19.
Some of Hood’s wellness initiatives include onsite physical and mental health opportunities such as meditation, yoga, fitness center and fitness challenges; annual flu shots; a benefits fair each year; and Healthy U, a wellness program that provides ongoing educational, dynamic and fun opportunities for all employees to create and maintain healthy, balanced and active lifestyles through a commitment to the Seven Dimensions of Wellness model.
Launched in 2010 and based at the Maryland Department of Health, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals, and monitor progress. To learn more about Healthiest Maryland Businesses services or membership, visit https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/.
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