Fond du Lac School District Awarded Gold for Well Workplace by Wellness Councils of America
The Wellness Council of America, with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin, recently presented its coveted Gold Well Workplace Award to Fond du Lac School District. The Fond du Lac School District employs over 825 people in its15 schools, Administration Center, Facility Services, and Recreation Department locations. The Gold Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well being of their employees.
Fond du Lac School District by achieving the Well Workplace Award has made a long-lasting commitment to the health and well being of its employees. As stated by WELCOA President Ryan Picarella, “Good companies know that their employees are their most valuable asset. Great companies adopt policies that support employees’ efforts to reduce health risks and are bold about motivating them through bold strategies, programs, and tactics. Great companies know that by improving their employees’ health, they can reduce health care costs.”
At the start of the school year, over one-third of the employees participated in the Get Up and Go Challenge which promoted physical activity on a daily basis. During the holidays, to keep stress levels in check, participating employees tracked the relaxing activities that they were undertaking to keep anxiety at bay. Over 382 participants received vaccinations in an effort to combat influenza outbreaks. In a district-wide survey conducted in 2015-16, District’s findings indicate that 92% of the District employees are tobacco free.
The Well Workplace Awards initiative is driven by a rigorous set of criteria outlined in WELCOA’s seven benchmarks to a result-oriented Well Workplace. Since its inception in 1991, over 1,000 organizations, ranging from educational institutions to non-profit and profit sectors have joined the list of “America’s Healthiest Companies” by receiving the Well Workplace Award. Fond du Lac School District worked hard to successfully meet the rigorous standards set by the Well Workplace process. It is our pleasure to recognize them as the newest Wisconsin employer to achieve Well Workplace status” said Wellness Council of Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Jessica Raddemann.
Marian Sheridan, Health, Safety, Attendance and Transportation Coordinator shared, “The District is committed to building a culture that supports the health and wellness of our employees. Cultivating healthy behaviors within our work force is important not only for the benefits employees receive down the road, it is also crucial for the younger generations who look to our employees to model healthy behaviors. Being good examples of health conscious adults is one of the best lessons that our staff can pass along to our community’s children.”
Nine employers within the Wisconsin business community founded the Wellness Council of Wisconsin in 1985. With more than 6,000 member organizations located throughout North America, WELCOA is highly recognized and regarded for their innovative and result-oriented approach to worksite wellness.