Frederick County Public Schools has earned a Healthiest Maryland Businesses’ 2018 Wellness at Work gold award for the school system’s outstanding employee wellness initiatives. The award is based on a worksite-health scorecard rating that includes the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control’s Workplace Health Model and the HERO Health and Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard. HERO is a national nonprofit dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices in the field of workplace health and well-being.
Membership in Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB), the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces, entitles the school system to display the Healthiest Maryland logo, participate in training, receive newsletters and access free technical assistance from worksite wellness specialists in developing plans and budgets and obtaining science-based resources. Asserting that a healthy organization starts with healthy employees, HMB connects members with resources ranging from blood pressure and cholesterol fact sheets to fliers with Zika information.
“This is the 4th year that FCPS has earned the gold award. We received it in 2017, 2015 and 2014, too. I am very proud of the work our staff does to help make wellness habits an attainable way of life for employees,” says FCPS Human Resources Executive Director Paula Lawton. “I particularly commend our Employee Benefits Senior Manager Penny Opalka and Benefits and Wellness Coordinator Phoebe Barreto for their tireless dedication to fostering a culture of wellness for staff.”
FCPS Human Resources staff will receive recognition June 1 at Martin’s West in Baltimore for their commitment to health and wellness in the workplace.