Children¹s Hospital and Health System Earns Award

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<p><strong>Milwaukee &mdash; Sept. 18</strong><br />Wisconsin-based Children&#39;s Hospital and Health System has received the prestigious Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America for its employee wellness initiatives.<br /><br />The Well Workplace Award recognizes the health system&#39;s commitment to its employees&#39; health and well-being. </p><p>It is awarded throughout the year to employers from around the nation. Only a handful of companies each year meet the rigorous standards to achieve a Well Workplace Award. </p><p>In 2006, there were just 127 national awards and only 58 at the gold level.<br /><br />Children¹s Hospital and Health System continues to grow a wellness culture that responds to employee health risks and encourages healthy habits and lifestyles. </p><p>Its wellness initiatives include a Web-based “Healthy Steps” program. It features a variety of health-focused challenges, educational opportunities, and nutrition and fitness activities. </p><p>Participating employees earn wellness credits and can qualify for prize drawings and cost savings on their health insurance premiums. </p><p>More than 3,300 of the health system&#39;s 4,500 employees used the program in the last year. </p><p>Other wellness initiatives include free health screenings for employees and their spouses, participation in and sponsorship of fitness and nutrition events and<br />programs and free flu vaccinations.</p>

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