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Wellness program first public program to receive national award

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Human Resources Department is the first public sector agency to receive the Corporate Health and Productivity Management Award.

The Institute for Health and Productivity Management has given the annual award to the department because it has demonstrated how a public sector employer can design and implement a health and productivity management strategy. This work was done largely through the City’s Fountain of Health Wellness Program, which will be featured in the January 2006 issue of Health and Productivity Management.

The department started the wellness program in January 2002 to promote healthy lifestyles for City employees. The three goals of the wellness program are: to have employees be healthy in mind, body and spirit; help employees balance work and personal life; and control the rising cost of medical benefits for the City. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the City’s health insurance carrier, provides funding and other support for this program. The City works with a wellness coordinator from St. Luke’s Hospital to help ensure confidentiality in this voluntary program.

Susan Giffee, manager of the Benefits Office of the Human Resources Department, will attend the award ceremony this month.

“I am so pleased that Kansas City is the first public sector agency to be recognized for its health and productivity management initiative,” Giffee said. “I appreciate all of the contributions our partners have made to help develop this successful program.”

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