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City of Renton Receives WellCity Award

June 17, 2010

For more information contact:

Nancy Carlson, Human Resources Administrator 425-430-7650
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569                      

Renton, WA—The City of Renton was recently honored with the WellCity Award by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The award will be presented to the city at the annual AWC conference in Vancouver, WA, on June 23.

Renton was one of 35 Washington cities and towns that received recognition for its workplace wellness program.  The WellCity Award recognizes cities and towns that demonstrate best practices in employee health promotion. A city must meet the minimum criteria in each of nine WellCity standards categories to receive the award.

The City of Renton Employee Wellness, or CREW, program includes an annual physical activity campaign competition called Move More, where employees earn points by being physically active and departments compete against other departments for a trophy and bragging rights.   Employees have an opportunity to exercise at various locations at work during lunch or break times, including the Renton Community Center, City Hall, and the Public Works Maintenance Shop. They also receive a discount on fitness classes at the Renton Community Center.   In addition, the city provides educational programs to employees on a regular basis.  An annual employee health fair offers health screening and educational information on a variety of wellness topics.  The CREW program is intended to improve productivity and control employee health insurance premiums, which are partially paid by the city.

“The City of Renton is honored to be recognized by AWC and receive the WellCity Award,” said Mayor Denis Law. “The health and well-being of our workforce is very important to us and as we seek to provide cost-effective healthcare benefits, it is great to see so many employees participating in our wellness program and become healthier and more productive.” 

Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that provides various services to Washington cities and towns.

For more information on the city’s wellness program, contact Brian Sandler at 425-430-7660 or visit rentonwa.gov.