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and Self-Reliance of All Montanans.

May 1, 2012
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
              Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Worksite Health Promotion conference is May 2-3 in Helena

Event to honor 2012 Excellence in Worksite Health Promotion award winners

The Montana Worksite Health Promotion Conference is May 2-3 in Helena, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) said Monday.

The Montana Worksite Health Promotion Coalition and the DPHHS Cardiovascular Health Program are hosting the conference at the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel in Helena.

A complete conference agenda is available at http://montanaworksitewellness.org/conference.shtml

DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell will provide opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2.

The conference also features Dr. Michael O’Donnell and Dr. Ron Goetzel, both pioneers and national leaders in leading edge practices for Worksite Health Promotion.  O’Donnell’s presentation, ‘A Framework to Develop Effective Organization and Individuals Behavior Change Programs’ is at 10 a.m., May 2 and Goetzel’s presentation ‘Worksite Health Promotion Programs – Do They Improve Health? Do They Save Money?’ begins at 1 p.m. on May 2.

Both speakers will be addressing conference attendees about worksite health promotion programs and why they really improve health and save money.  They will also address the rural and small employer concerns we face here in Montana and also address concerns for our larger employers.

“It’s truly wonderful that worksite wellness has taken such a strong root in Montana,” Director Whiting Sorrell said. “Worksite wellness is such a great message and it’s amazing that many Montana businesses, schools and organizations have implemented this concept. They should all be congratulated.”

There will be other national and local experts speaking about what health and fitness products really work, tobacco free worksites, how worksite health impacts community health and what benefit design means to a health promotion program.

The conference will also award 25 Montana employers who have met the criteria for excellence in worksite health promotion.  These 25 employers have put in place worksite health promotion programs that have had an impact on their employees’ health. 

According to Linda Krantz of the DPHHS Cardiovascular Health Program, this year is the first time in the history of the awards that nine Montana employers will receive a Gold award, which is the highest award a worksite can achieve.  “The Gold award recipients have a comprehensive, effective worksite health promotion program in place and are seeing return on their investment,” Krantz said.

For more information visit http://montanaworksitewellness.org/conference.shtml or contact April Bogy at 444-5508, abogy@mt.gov.

Award information

The following are the 2012 Excellence in Worksite Health Promotion winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze are the three distinct worksite wellness models and are based on 10 quality standards that provide a framework and standard of excellence.

The award information is available online at http://montanaworksitewellness.org/excellenceawards.shtml

Gold Award Winners. (Gold represents a population health and productivity management approach, currently the highest industry standard.)
Benefis Health System
Bozeman School System
Davidson Companies
Employee Benefit Management Services, Inc. (EBMS)
Fances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
Laurel Public Schools
Missoula County
NorthWestern Energy
Yellowstone Surgery Center

Silver Winners. (Silver represents those wanting to focus more on skill-building and targeting certain risky behaviors.)
Beartooth Billings Clinic
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
City of Missoula
CTA Inc.
Glacier Bancorp
Joint Powers Trust
Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Steves, P.C.
Student Assistance Foundation (SAF)
Western States Insurance

Bronze Winners (Bronze represents organizations wanting to enhance humanitarian or quality of work-life efforts.)
Billings Federal Credit Union
Briggs Distributing Company
City-County Health Department / Community Health Care Center Inc in Great Falls
Marias Medical Center
Montana Credit Union League Group Benefit
Moody's Market
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

Jill Young Award in Recognition of Outstanding Wellness Performance
Tabatha Elsberry, HealthFitness Energize Your Life Program Manager, Northwestern Energy

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