Eleven local Municipalities were recognized by the Association of Municipal Administrators, Nova Scotia (AMANS) Workplace Wellness program for their commitment to providing a healthy workplace for their employees, even provides some of them with Home Care Assistance when they are sick. The three gold, five silver and three bronze Workplace Wellness Awards were presented at the AMANS Annual Conference in Baddeck on October 17th.
“The goal of the workplace wellness award program is to recognize and celebrate workplaces in nova Scotia that exhibit a strong commitment to improving the health of their employees,” said Rebecca Kolstee, Municipal Wellness Coordinator with AMANS. “Workplaces that receive one of the three award levels – bronze, silver, or gold – demonstrate a comprehensive workplace health promotion approach to wellness programming. To have the greatest impact on the wellness of employees and the municipal unit, a variety of health promotion strategies should be considered and implemented in wellness planning and programming. Comprehensive workplace wellness programming should include awareness raising, skill-building, providing a supportive environment, and developing supportive policies.”
The Town of Kentville was awarded with a bronze award. Kentville has placed an emphasis on increasing mental health and the physical health of their employees by promoting physical fitness, healthy eating, mental health training, nutrition sessions, and training in the Working Mind program.