Healthier Somerset recently presented its fourth annual “Healthy Workplace Recognition Awards” to 18 employers in Somerset County for their outstanding achievements in implementing worksite wellness programs. These awards represent the county’s sole recognition of its workplaces that are committed to improving employee health and well-being.
Recipients are self-nominated and receive a bronze, silver or gold award in the small, medium and large company category based on the length of their program and the number of activities provided. New this year, two additional awards were added to recognize worksite wellness programs for their sustainability in actively continuing to grow participation and for their innovation in utilizing unique and innovative programming to demonstrate proven employee health benefits.
- Small workplace: Advance Realty Investors
- Medium workplace: Warren Township
- Small workplace: Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation; OFS Fitel
- Medium workplace: Affinity Credit Union; Alternatives, Inc.; Bernards Township; Hillsborough Township; Insmed, Inc.; Montgomery Township; Norris McLaughlin; Peapack-Gladstone Bank
- Large workplace: Eli Lilly & Company; Ortho Clinical Diagnostics; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset; Sanofi US; Somerset County; Verizon
- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
- Somerset County
Data shows that the return on investment for workplace wellness programs include reducing healthcare costs, increasing employee productivity and engagement and decreasing employee absenteeism. With Somerset County hosting approximately 165,000 employees, there is a large population to be reached throughout the county’s various employers.
This presents an opportunity for Healthier Somerset to act upon their mission of improving the health and wellness for those who live and work in Somerset County. Through the Worksite Wellness sub-committee, Healthier Somerset is focusing on the four priority health areas identified in the Somerset County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) – mental health and substance abuse, obesity, chronic disease and access to care – and how they can be addressed at worksites.
To learn more about Worksite Wellness in Somerset County, join Healthier Somerset on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership. For more details and to register, visit www.scbp.org/health-wellness-expo/.