Frederick County Public Schools has earned a Healthiest Maryland Businesses’ 2019 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.
“I am very proud of our Human Resources staff who work tirelessly to help make wellness habits an attainable way of life for all employees,” says FCPS Human Resources Director Tim Thornburg. “Employees who participate in our wellness initiatives often share that they feel happier, are better educated about their health, and experience a greater sense of productivity. This is a win-win for our employees, students, and school system in general.”
FCPS Human Resources staff will receive recognition June 7 at Martin’s West in Baltimore for their commitment to health and wellness in the workplace.