Michigan Healthy Workplaces Are Good for Business

Each year, Michigan businesses take extra steps to create healthier workplaces, which make for happier employees, but can also increase productivity and job satisfaction while decreasing absenteeism and compensation costs.


A pilot program has begun in Trenton and Taylor, Michigan led by an Oakwood Healthy Coalition. businesses, community leaders and residents. They  are joining forces to get their communities healthy through the schools, public awareness and in the workplace by providing toolkits for business.


Each year,  initiatives such as these are recognized by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation


Organizations that excel in health and wellness programs and that create best practices for others to replicate are honored with the Governor’s Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award through the Healthy Workplace Awards. The awards recognize large, medium and small employers that provide a culture and emphasis on health and wellness.


NuStep is in the business of health and wellness, and was a 2014 winner in the medium-sized business category for its wellness initiatives which include group exercise classes, free fitness assessments, health screenings, smoking cessation programs, a healthy lunch program, Weight Watchers, Wellness Dollars and more.


In addition to businesses, individuals from around the state are honored for their efforts and commitment to making Michigan a healthier place.


Jim Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Public Official Award.


“Something I’m very proud of is the MI Healthy Tomorrow Initiative, where we asked people to lose ten percent of their weight, ultimately cutting down on health care costs,” Haveman said. “And besides encouraging other people to take part, it’s something I invested in personally. To this date, I’ve lost more than 30 pounds.”


The Michigan Department of Community Health aims to protect, preserve, and promote the health and safety of the people of Michigan with particular attention to providing for the needs of vulnerable and under-served populations.


If  you know a company or individual that should be nominated for a business health award, visit http://www.michiganfitness.org/gfa

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