The “Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation” Recognizes 32 Organizations From Around The State.
CHICAGO, IL, (July 25, 2014) – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that 32 organizations from across the state will be recognized for their outstanding worksite health promotion efforts and receive the newly established “Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation”.
The Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation was created as part of the statewide We Choose Health community transformation grant, which is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overseen by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Its purpose is to make communities healthier and reduce chronic disease. Worksite Wellness is one of the strategies selected to achieve the goal in Illinois. The Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation was created to engage employers throughout the state in worksite wellness best practices. Sponsors of the designation include the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, who also provides evaluation and research assistance.
63 organizations participated in the initial recognition round. The rigorous evaluation process, conducted by U.I.C.’s Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, found the submissions of 32 employers qualified to receive an award. 6 applicants received Gold recognition, 11 qualified at Silver and 15 at Bronze. Qualifiers came from 16 different counties. Champaign-Urbana led the way with 6 awardees, and was followed closely by McLean County with 5 and Winnebago County with 4 qualifiers. Qualifiers include: