DCSD receives ‘Healthy Business Leader’ recognition
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Staff Wellness program has received recognition from Health Links for initiatives that encourage employees to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The District received recognition as a Healthy Business Certified Leader for efforts that promote health and safety in the workplace and improve the overall well-being of employees.
Certified Healthy Business Leaders meet several criteria that are benchmarks of a healthy work environment:
- Provide comprehensive wellness and safety programs
- Monitor and track employee participation
- Offer wellness information and activities for family members
- Demonstrate innovation
- Collect and track health outcome data
- Actively promote health, wellness and safety in the community as part of best business practice
“This award is something we can strive for every year if we continue to be successful with our wellness efforts,” said Michelle Carter, the District’s staff wellness coordinator. Carter has been instrumental in connecting employees with opportunities for improved health and fitness.
DCSD has been invited to be a mentor at the annual Colorado’s Healthiest Places to Work event. Businesses that have been Certified Healthy Businesses over the past year gather at the meeting to observe the work of others and network with business leaders who have accomplished similar goals.
Health Links Outreach and Communication Coordinator Barbara Vance looks forward to having DCSD participate in the annual meeting.
“DCSD has a continued passion and leadership for promoting health and wellness as a part of business strategy and community engagement,” Vance observed. “[Sharing what is done in DCSD] would be inspirational and informative to others out there trying to do the same thing.”
Health Links™ is a nonprofit initiative spearheaded by health and safety experts at the Center for Worker Health and Environment within the Colorado School of Public Health.
Pictured: DCSD Staff Wellness Coordinator Michelle Carter (left) and DCSD Director Benefits Lita Weinstein.