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City staff wins first fitness recognition

June 13th, 2019 development
City staff wins first fitness recognition
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By KAYLA RUTLEDGE, Staff Writer

For the first time in Chandler’s history the city has received the Platinum Healthy Arizona Worksite Award.

The award recognizes employers for their efforts to support the health and wellness of staff.

With 1,650 employees under the city’s belt, Chandler’s wellness coordinator Kara Boley said the award marked a year of producing a happy workforce.

“All of those people serve our residents and so my goal is always to have healthy, happy employees so were serving our residents in the best way that we can,” said Boley.

To obtain the recognition, Boley along with the Wellness Committee that comprises city department heads, collaborated to complete a rigorous application.

To be considered for platinum status, applicants have to attend special training, submit letters of support, complete a CDC Worksite Health Scorecard, develop an improvement plan and demonstrate policy change and implementation.

Chandler achieved gold status, a level below the platinum award, in 2017 and 2018.

Boley said to get the highest award offered by the organization this year, the department focused on making health and wellness opportunities more accessible to city employees through a web portal.

“[The online wellness portal for city workers] helps make our programs and events more available to our all of our employees. We needed people to be able to participate when it worked for them. It has improved participation and employee engagement in things that are interesting to them because it’s not a one size fits all,” said Boley.

She added an app has also been developed to keep employees connected from their phone to the portal no matter where they are.

The portal grants online access to seminars on the various aspects of wellness including; nutrition, mental health, fitness, retirement and finances.

“Not everyone can make it to lunch and learn at noon. So we made it available electronically,” said Boley.

Some of the events city employees have participated in this year involved a mindful meditation session, national walk at lunch day, a resistance bands fitness class, and Chandler’s annual family bike ride event.

The bike ride is hosted by the transportation policy division, but Boley said the Wellness Committee promoted the event because it is a great way for families to be active together.

“Sometimes we start living in our own bubble. I think it also gives people an opportunity to discover trails and get out and discover more of their own community. Were lucky in Chandler we have exceptional parks and trails, jogging paths and bike lanes in a lot of areas,” said Boley.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke added, “our Wellness Team has been working hard to develop programs to engage our employees to make health and wellness a priority. I’m pleased that their efforts were recognized with a Healthy Arizona Worksite Platinum Award.”

Boley said she is excited to see the wellness and health efforts of the city expand next year.

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