Geauga Park District receives statewide Healthy Worksite award
For its commitment to employee health, Geauga Park District has become a proud recipient of the Ohio Department of Health’s 2013 Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Bronze Level Award.
The award recognizes comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs as well as efforts to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.
Geauga Park District employees are natureful, outdoor people who welcome wellness initiatives and welcome monthly wellness tips via email. Some enjoy park trails at lunchtime, and many are regulars at the Park District’s public programs for hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, yoga, and hound hiking (Eileen Smith is picture above with her pooch).
The Park District’s Wellness Team consists of employees from differing departments who meet several times a year to promote wellness to the staff and plan the annual September wellness workshop. Speakers cover healthy messages for the body, mind and soul.
Geauga Park District also:
- Participates in events such as health walks and Race for the Cure
- Holds biannual food drives and the United Way Turkey Bowl each November, yielding more than $1,000 annually for local food pantries
- Participates in healthcare consortium-initiated wellness activities, such as the “Get Fit on Route 66” program
In order to reduce the employee contribution to Geauga County’s group health care coverage, wellness initiatives are established by the county wellness team and must be completed each year to qualify for the lower contribution rate. Initiatives include an annual physical and the choice of three other health-related screenings or activity/expo attendance; as such, renewal rates remain low and even experienced a reduction in 2012.
“If rates remain low, we can provide a health insurance product with preventative care options and affordable out-of-pocket fees,” said Human Resources Director Robin Pilarczyk. “The employee is more likely to seek healthcare if they know they can afford it. “Geauga Park District started on this path with a small idea in 2001. Today, wellness is behind everything we do for our staff and for the community we serve.”
Robin will accept the Park District’s award Thursday, February 20, during the Health Action Council Ohio (HAC) Annual 2014 Conference in Dublin, Ohio.
Geauga Park District strives to reach community members with a message of environmentalism, preservation, and appreciation for their natural resources. With these values, Park District employees embody the mission and enjoy the Great Outdoors with a sense of ownership and pride.