Providence College Wins ‘Exemplary’ Worksite Health Award
For the second straight year, Providence College received an “Exemplary” Worksite Health Award — the highest distinction possible — from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Accepting the award on behalf of the College were Kathleen M. Alvino, associate vice president for human resources; Heather L. Bennett, benefits specialist; and Scott J. Lima, human resources assistant.
Each year, the award is given to acknowledge Rhode Island companies that have demonstrated an understanding of the value of health and fitness through the creation and implementation of worksite wellness programs.
Companies submit proof of the number and variety of health and wellness programs they offer. Responses are scored and companies are given awards in one of four categories: Exemplary, Superior, Outstanding, or Achievement.
Among the programs offered by Providence College were screenings for blood pressure, body composition, cancer, cholesterol, and glucose during an annual health fair; weight management information through Weight Watchers; stress management through the Employee Assistance Program; flu shots, nutrition information, and blood pressure screenings at a Wellness Fair in October; and farmers’ markets in March and October.
For the fifth year, College employees also participated in a 12-week physical challenge through Shape Up RI.
Eighty-four awards were presented at the 18th annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings in Warwick.
“Healthy workplace environments are essential to the health and well-being of Rhode Island employees and their families,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. “Our award winners truly go the extra mile to provide their employees with healthy programs that allow them to make health a top priority.”
Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, noted that company wellness programs improve morale, decrease absenteeism, and increase employee engagement.
“The Worksite Health Awards pay tribute to those companies that have a vision of protecting and enhancing the well-being of their employees and are now reaping the benefits of a healthy workplace,” said White.
PC received an “Outstanding” award in 2008 and “Superior” awards in 2009 and 2010. The College also received national recognition with the 2009 GOLD Level Award, the second highest possible, from the Wellness Council of America.
— Vicki-Ann Downing
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