Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today accepted an award from the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) designating Lincoln as a "Well City, U.S.A." Only four other cities have received the designation, which requires that at least 20 percent of the cityís employees work in businesses that qualify as Well Workplaces.
"One of the reasons this award is so significant is that it recognizes a strong partnership between the public and private sectors," said Mayor Wesely in his acceptance remarks. "With our cityís low unemployment rate and the ever-increasing cost of health care, it is extremely important to businesses in our community to help employees stay healthy. Addressing health issues at the workplace -- where many of us spend most of our waking hours -- is a wise investment."
The Well City award was presented to Wesely by WELCOA President David Hunnicutt and Bill Kizer, WELCOA founder and CEO of Central States Life Insurance. The luncheon celebration featured a keynote address by Kevin Saunders of Downs, Kansas, who survived a near-fatal accident to become a champion wheelchair athlete. He was the first person with a disability to be appointed to the Presidential Physical Fitness Council.
WorkWell, Inc., Lincolnís worksite wellness council, has partnered with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on the three-year effort to become a Well City, U.S.A. Currently, 27 businesses in Lincoln representing 31,000 employees have achieved the status of bronze, silver or gold Well Workplaces. (A list follows this release.) WorkWell will now assist the Well Workplace businesses in implementing their wellness plans.
Other Well Cities are Omaha, Nebraska; Jacksonville, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Hobart, Indiana.
Lincolnís Well Workplaces are: Ameritas; BryanLGH; CenterPointe; the City of Lincoln; Cooperative Benefit Administrators; Duncan Aviation; Farmland Foods; the Gallup Organization; General Excavating; Hampton Enterprises; HWS Consulting Group Inc.; Kawasaki; Lancaster County; the Lincoln Journal Star; Lincoln Plating; the Lincoln Public Schools; the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District; Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital; Molex Incorporated; Olsson Associates; Pfizer; the State of Nebraska; State Farm Insurance; Union Insurance; United Fire and Casualty; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Recreation; YMCA.