Governor presents employer wellness awards

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Governor presents employer wellness awards

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:11pm -- Anonymous

Gov. Phil Scott, far right, with, from left, Rebecca Schubert, Community Health Team; Mark Levine, Vermont Health Commissioner; Anne Darrow, RN, CVMC Employee Health nurse; Rebecca Reed, CVMC physical therapist; Robert Patterson, CVMC's Vice President of Human Resources and Rehabilitation Services; and Monica Urquhart, RN, CVMC's manager of Employee Relations, Health and Wellness.

Vermont Business Magazine A capacity crowd of employers, business leaders, wellness experts and human resource professionals attended Vermont’s annual Worksite Wellness conference held March 23 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Governor Phil Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, kicked off the sold-out conference, which features awards presented by the governor to 90 employers that have demonstrated excellence in worksite wellness.


Affirming that “having the right attitude about your health is important,” Governor Scott expressed his appreciation to the attendees for their commitment to forward-thinking wellness policies that benefit employees and employers alike. "Your dedication to creating a culture of wellbeing makes Vermont a great place to live and work."

This year’s conference theme, “Wellness Without Borders” reflects the connection health and wellness have in all aspects of our lives. “Worksite wellness programs are integral to improving the health and wellbeing of Vermonters, and are a critical component of our 3-4-50 chronic disease initiative,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD.

“A majority of Vermonters spend half their waking hours on the job, which means that employers are key players in helping create a comprehensive approach to health,” said Dr. Levine. “We know that environments that promote physical activity, healthy food choices and tobacco cessation help to reduce chronic disease factors and support the mental and emotional health of employees.” Dr. Levine said the record number of conferees speaks to how employers understand that policies to help improve employee health also lead to financial benefits, reduced health care costs and absenteeism, and a more productive and engaged workforce.

Nearly 500 individuals and employers attended the conference awards and workshops. The event featured a keynote address by Eric Karpinski, corporate trainer and founder of The Science of Happiness program, about how happiness can improve engagement, innovation and work performance.

Ninety employers received Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Awards, and another nine were presented with Rising Star Awards. Awardees represented workplaces with a wide range in employee numbers, from the Springfield Area Parent Child Center to PC Construction Company. “Each of the employers have met a standard of excellence for worksite wellness programs,” said Janet Franz of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. “Effective wellness programs take effort and commitment, and it’s important to acknowledge and thank these employers for promoting a healthy environment.”

Win Smith, principle owner and president of Sugarbush Resort, received the 2017 Vermont Wellness Leadership Award. Win was recognized for being a champion for healthy, active lifestyles among the resort’s employees and residents of the Mad River Valley. “Win sets a strong example for business leaders in sustaining a culture of wellbeing,” said Franz.

About the Worksite Wellness Conference

The annual Worksite Wellness Conference and workshops give Vermont employers and wellness professionals an opportunity to share ideas for inspiring and enabling employees to make healthy choices both on and off the job. Workshops dive deeper into a variety of subjects, such as physical activity and nutrition in the workplace, employee engagement, and stress reduction.

The conference is presented by the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Health, with co-sponsors BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, Cigna, Go! Vermont, Invest EAP, Northeast Delta Dental, Northwestern Medical Center, The Richards Group, and University of Vermont Medical Center.


11-50 Employees

Trudell Consulting Engineers

Washington Electric Cooperative

VT League of Cities and Towns

Town of Killington

Springfield Area Parent Child Center

United Ways of Vermont


Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning

& HR Intelligence

51-150 Employees


NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

Chittenden Solid Waste District

Engelberth Construction, Inc.

Renewable NRG Systems

Vermont Federal Credit Union


Co-operative Insurance Companies


The Richards Group

Town of Colchester

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group

Cathedral Square


Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.

City of St. Albans

Chroma Technology Corp

Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

151-500 Employees

Ben and Jerry’s - Vermont Manufacturing

GE Healthcare

Passumpsic Bank

United Counseling Service of Bennington

County, Inc.

Franklin County Home Health Agency

Marathon Health


King Arthur Flour

Lamoille County Mental Health Services

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Lane Press

Heritage Family Credit Union

Sonnax Industries, Inc.

Vermont Precision Tools

Omya Inc.

The Vermont Country Store

World Learning

Hunger Mountain Cooperative, Inc

Mascoma Savings Bank

Carris Reels

BioTek Instruments Inc.

AN Deringer, Inc

Northfield Savings Bank

New Chapter, Inc.

Essex Town School District

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Champlain College

Copley Hospital

Hubbardton Forge


Community Care Network

Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc.

City of Rutland

501-999 Employees


Porter Medical Center

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS)

City of Burlington

Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, Inc.

Northwestern Medical Center

North Country Hospital

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services

Sugarbush Resort

The Brattleboro Retreat

1000+ Employees

National Life Group

State of VT

Central Vermont Medical Center

Howard Center

PC Construction Company

Keurig Green Mountain

University of Vermont Medical Center

MVP Health Care

University of Vermont

Rutland Regional Medical Center Automotive

Governor’s Rising Stars in Worksite Wellness Awardees 2017 Vermont Wellness Leadership Award

1 - 10 Employees

Pride Center of Vermont

Creative Spirit Children’s Center

11 - 50 Employees

Central VT Council on Aging

51 - 150 Employees

DEW Construction Corp.

151 - 500 Employees

Hanover Consumer Cooperative

The EDGE Sports & Fitness

Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region

501 - 999 Employees

Washington County Mental Health Services

Green Mountain Power

Source: Health Dept 3.23.2017