Austell awarded grant for wellness of city employees
by Rachel Gray
November 26, 2013 11:39 PM | 858 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Austell — The Georgia Municipal Association has selected the city of Austell to receive an Employee Health Promotion and Wellness Incentive Grant that promotes programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of city employees and family members.

“We are pleased that GMA recognizes our interest in employee health and in managing health care costs,” Mayor Joe Jerkins said “This grant will help us provide new programs to our staff and their families.”

The grant is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a city’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

As part of the grant process, the city designated a Health Promotion Leader to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend Local Government Risk Management Services’ High Impact Health Promotion and Wellness training.

Employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback.

More than 150 cities, authorities and regional commissions participate in the health plan.

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