The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Health Care Division is now accepting applications through Friday, October 4, for the second annual Healthy Workplace Award. This award was created to recognize businesses in the Fort Smith Region that have been practicing workplace wellness and encouraging employees to make healthy lifestyle changes. All Chamber member businesses are welcome to apply. A link to the application can be found below.
The winners of the inaugural award included Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union (small business category), Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (medium business category) and Bost, Inc. (large business category). The Health Care Division was very pleased with the participation from the first year and looking forward building on the award this year.
According to the American Journal of Health Promotion, for every dollar that a business spends on creating and implementing a wellness program, their return on investment is $4 coming from absenteeism, medical and pharmacy costs, workers comp and disability time. Employers that have implemented wellness strategies have seen enhanced employee productivity, lower healthcare costs, decreased rate of illness and injury, and improved employee morale, to name a few. Employees report benefits as well including improved well-being, self-image and self-esteem, better management of stress, more stamina, and improved overall health.
If you are practicing workplace wellness and seeing success in improving the wellbeing of your employees while increasing productivity and lowering overall healthcare costs, apply for the Healthy Workplace Award. Download your application below or call the Chamber office at 479.783.3111. Applications are due Friday, October 4, 2013. Winners will be announced in early 2014.
To learn more about wellness programs and establishing a wellness program in your business contact Whitney Yoder at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce at 479-783-3111.
*The Health Care Division of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber works to support the health care industry, grows and sustains health related jobs in the Fort Smith region and provides health related information to the business members and community. For more information on how you can volunteer within the Health Care Division contact the Chamber office at 479-783-3111.