Yuma County Recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program
Yuma County was recognized recently by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Platinum level of excellence in worksite wellness. The “Platinum Healthy Arizona Worksite Award” is a new category that was recently introduced. Last year, Yuma County earned the “Gold” award which until the introduction of the Platinum level was the highest distinction available.
The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award recognizes employers that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, their families and their community by implementing comprehensive worksite wellness strategies. The minimum qualifications to be considered for this award include attending the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program training and developing a plan to improve employee health and safety. To qualify for the Silver and Gold levels of the award, employers need to support employee health through policy and systems changes.
A Platinum Level Award is awarded to businesses making an impact both within and beyond their walls addressing one or more of the many health challenges impacting communities across the state. Platinum level awardees have demonstrated data driven programming and are leveraging cross-sector collaborations or partnerships improving the health, well-being, and equity of their community.
Yuma County received this recognition by supporting employee health through programs like; promoting health screening and education, including health in all policies supporting employee health though initiatives that support family participation, and by facilitating employee community engagement opportunities aimed at addressing health challenges such as food insecurity.
“Since employees spend nearly half of their waking hours at work, the workplace represents an important setting for promoting healthy behaviors,” said Susan Thorpe, County Administrator. “Efficient, effective and sustainable worksite wellness initiatives have been shown to reduce healthcare costs. While results at each organization can vary, some employers have realized up to a $6 return for every $1 invested in wellness programs.”The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Its mission is to help employers learn how to successfully implement worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses.