Entries sought for worksite wellness awards

Businesses that apply by March 2 for a Colorado program establishing benchmarks for healthy and safety workplaces also will be considered for a new award recognizing worksite wellness.

The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will launch two new awards in 2015: The Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness and Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.

“The Colorado Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles is very proud to be partnering with Health Links Colorado and the Colorado Education Initiative to recognize employers and schools who are leaders in health and wellness in Colorado,” said Clayton Ellis, president of the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles. “With these fantastic opportunities, we can empower schools and employers to offer healthy working and learning environments throughout our great state.”

Founded in 1975, the bipartisan council is comprised of governor-appointed members and affiliated volunteers who promote active and healthy lifestyles statewide.

The Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness will be presented at the Colorado Culture of Health Conference scheduled for April 9 The award winner will be nominated by Health Links Colorado, a nonprofit initiative at the Colorado School of Public Health, which assists employers with worksite wellness development and certifies businesses that champion worker well being and safety.

“Certification of healthy and safe workplaces by Health Links Colorado has become the statewide benchmark for Colorado companies to show that they are committed to the well-being of their employees,” said Lilianna Tenney, director of Health Links Colorado. “We are delighted that the governor’s council will be recognizing the outstanding efforts being made in the Colorado business community to bring wellness to work.”

Employers interested in becoming a Certified Healthy Business can complete an online application at Health Links Colorado through the Web site located at www.healthlinkscolorado.org.