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Renton Wins WellCity Award

May 5, 2011

For more information contact:

Nancy Carlson,
Human Resources Risk Management Administrator 425-430-7656
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Mayor Law Presents City Attorney’s Office Move More Wellness Award.RENTON, WA - For the second year in a row, the City of Renton has received a Well City Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion. Through its commitment to health and a strong wellness program Renton Employees’ Health Plan Board of Trustees( the city’s employee benefits board) and the City of Renton’s Employee Wellness Committee (CREW) have provided many opportunities for city employees to participate in a variety of wellness activities.
“We are committed to encouraging our employees to live healthy lifestyles and provide opportunities for everyone in our community to be healthy and active,” said Mayor Denis Law.

Highlights of the city’s wellness program include:

  • Quit for Life tobacco cessation program launched in 2010 available to all employees and their spouse or domestic partner.
  • Move More, a five-week physical activity program where staff earn points and rewards; Over 30% of the city’s workforce participated in 2010.
  • Renton’s Wellness Fair, offering employees free flu shots, a variety of health screenings and information on various health topics.
  • Brown Bag Lunch And Learn Sessions on many topics such as heart health, cancer prevention and detection, stress management, nutrition, exercise and active lifestyle and more.
  • A fitness room at City Hall, weekly yoga sessions offered at City Hall, and a variety of classes at the Renton Community Center promoting health and exercise.
  • Wonderful parks and trails providing opportunities for walking, running, bicycling and other activities.

“Our efforts to promote wellness initiatives and enhance healthy activities in Renton’s workforce have reaped many benefits over the past few years, including a healthy work environment, a more productive workforce and reduced costs,” said Nancy Carlson, Human Resources and Risk Management Administrator.

“A city that works on employee health sees increases in productivity, morale and employee retention, and decreases in absenteeism and injuries,” said Mike McCarty, AWC CEO.