Worksite Wellness Award for CCHD

Healthy People in a Healthy Community is the vision of the Cascade City-County Health Department and its committment to the community. This doesn’t just pertain to the public, however; it includes the employees as well.

CCHD Community Health Education Specialist Penny Paul offers tips for healthy eating, encourages exercise and supports healthy lifestyles for the employees through worksite health promotion. Ms. Paul’s commitment to the program was recently rewarded when CCHD earned the Montana Excellence in Worksite Health Promotion Bronze Award.

“I am thrilled that the Health Department is being recognized for the work that is being done here. We should be role models and show that healthy choices and lifestyles can be incorporated into a workplace. The support of the leadership at our agency is instrumental, and we couldn’t make it work without it,” says Ms. Paul.

The award didn’t come easy. Ms. Paul conducts Lunch and Learns (lunchtime learning opportunities for staff); develops incentive programs for nutrition and physical activity; conducts leadership surveys; and develops wellness flyers, posters and brochures. Prizes are awarded for participation in the programs.

Any organization with an internal wellness program that fits the criteria provided can apply for the state award, but there are specific areas that are judged. These include management commitment, strategic plan and mission, assessment tools, target audience, tracking system, measuring outcomes, communicating results and internal marketing.

For more information visit CCHD’s Worksite Wellness page or call Penny Paul at 452-0881 x308.