Ariel Services recognized for wellness efforts

Ariel Clinical Services, an organization that provides a range of services through its offices in Grand Junction and elsewhere, has earned further recognition for its efforts to promote workplace wellness.

Ariel Clinical Services has been recognized as a Health Links Certified Healthy Business Partner.

“With the addition of our wellness program, we are seeing improved teamwork, employees making healthier choices and a positive shift in our culture,” said Becky Hobart, chief executive officer of Ariel Clinical Services. “Receiving the Healthy Business Partner certification validates our efforts on several benchmarks and motivates us to continue to invest in our most valued asset — our people.”

A nonprofit initiative at the University of Colorado School of Public Health, Health Links assesses and recognizes businesses for workplace health and safety. Health Links also provides the assistance of a local lead advisor as well as connections with community resources that promote wellness.

Ariel Clinical Services was recognized for holding managers and supervisors accountable for supporting health and safety; integrating health and safety efforts; actively preventing workplace injuries; and extending health and safety resources to employee spouses, domestic partners, dependents and the community.

Ariel Clinical Services offers services related to adoption, foster care, counseling and vocational training. The organization operates offices in Grand Junction and Delta as well as Wheatridge.

The wellness program at Ariel Clinical Services — called Ariel in Action — includes education and activities that promote the emotional, financial, nutritional, physical, psychological and spiritual wellness of employees.

“Ariel employees, from executive leadership to supervisors to line staff, are passionate about this program, and I feel wellness has successfully been infused into the culture of Ariel,” said Kelli Johnson, the training, safety and wellness administrator. “I get feedback weekly about how encouraged, motivated and helpful the program is for employees. It is an incredible program.”

Johnson conducts trainings with a wellness focus that includes healthy meals and physical activity.

Ariel in Action also promotes such activities as bike to work and Relay for Life as well as healthy potluck meals. Company challenges throughout the year focus on such wellness themes as developing healthy habits, eating nutritious foods, increasing enjoyment and overall self-care.