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LOCAL EMPLOYERS WORK TO SUPPORT AND IMPROVE EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH

By Ryan Mims

February 09, 2021

Contact:
Ryan Mims
Ryan.Mims@flhealth.gov
Office: 850-401-6341

 

 

Walton County, Fla.— Recently, two local employers received awards through the Healthy Walton Worksites initiative for their commitment to evaluating their worksite and making policy and environmental changes to support and improve the health of their employees.

  • Walton Area Chamber of Commerce – Gold Award
  • Caring and Sharing of South Walton – Platinum Award

 

“We are grateful for businesses stepping up to ensure that their employees have the tools and supports they need to stay healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Holly B. Holt, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Walton County. “Local initiatives like Healthy Walton Worksites help support our vision to ensure that Walton County is a healthy place to live, learn, work and play.”

 

The Healthy Walton Worksites initiative was launched in 2019 by the Walton Community Health Improvement Partnership (WCHIP) to promote worksite wellness among local employers. Currently, six local employers have received awards through the initiative, and WCHIP is looking to grow the initiative. There are three award levels: Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. The designated levels vary based on the concentration of environmental, policy, or system supports related to employee health. The goal is to start with where the organization currently is with worksite wellness and work their way up to the Diamond level.

 

“The initiative is applicable to all employers in Walton County, regardless of size,” stated Jill Breslawski, Extension Agent at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension for Okaloosa and Walton Counties and WCHIP Workgroup Lead. “We will work with local employers and provide them the tools to support the health of not only their employees, but also their customers.”

 

If you would like to become a Healthy Walton Worksite, please visit walton.floridahealth.gov

or contact the Walton Community Health Improvement Partnership at wchip@flhealth.gov.

 

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

 

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  Gabrielle Kilgore

Photo Caption: Gabrielle Kilgore, Community and Special Events Manager, accepts the Gold level award of the Healthy Walton Worksites initiative for the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

 Caring and Sharing South Walton

 

Photo Caption: Carly Barnes, Executive Director, and Emily Proctor, Director of Outreach, accepts the Platinum level award of the Healthy Walton Worksites initiative for Caring and Sharing of South Walton.