December 9, 2020 -- The District has received the highest award, a Platinum Award for its “Healthy Body Active Minds Wellness initiative.” Columbus City Schools (CCS) will be one of 100 Ohio employers recognized by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) for its healthy worksite practices during a virtual In-Value-Able Conference in February.
The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.
“We are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Jacqueline Broderick-Patton, Licensed School Nurse and Columbus City Schools Wellness Initiative Coordinator. “We strive to improve our CCS Wellness Initiative every year, and we are very excited to learn that our initiative went from earning the Healthy Ohio Business Council Gold award in 2019 to earning a Platinum award this year.”
All applications were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Four levels of high achievement were awarded in 2020 —Bronze, Silver, Gold, and, new in 2020, Platinum. The HBCO chose to add the Platinum level of achievement in 2020 in an effort to continue to encourage program growth in employer sites throughout the state who have, in recent years, consistently received the previous maximum achievement level of Gold.
“We can all agree that 2020 was a beast of a year for employer sites, so this year’s application was modified to recognize the extraordinary efforts employers were making for employee well-being despite it all,” explained the Healthy Worksite Award Co-Chair Annie Laurie Cadmus. “Applicants had the option to complete a ‘Pandemic Response’ section of the application to share how they adjusted their program offerings and continued to offer support to employees during a difficult year.”
Broderick-Patton said, “We believe that working to enhance staff's health and well-being is some of the most important work that we do as a district, and we could not accomplish it without the long-standing support of the Board of Education, Administration, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, and Columbus Education Association.”