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2000 Media Release


October 18, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Lisa Henning, WorkWell, 441-8049

Lincoln to become Nation's Fifth "WELL CITY"

The City of Lincoln will be officially designated as a "Well City, U.S.A." by the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) next month. Only four other U.S. cities have received the honor, which is presented to communities whose employers have made employee health a primary objective of their businesses.

WELCOA President David Hunnicutt will present the Well City award to Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely and local businesses at a celebration November 9 at the downtown Holiday Inn, 141 North Ninth Street. The luncheon program, which begins at 11:15 a.m, will feature Kevin Saunders of Downs, Kansas, a champion wheelchair athlete and the first person with a disability to be appointed to the Presidential Physical Fitness Council.

WorkWell, Inc. is Lincolnís worksite wellness council and has coordinated the effort to become a Well City, U.S.A. To receive the designation, at least 20 percent of the cityís employees must work in businesses that qualify as Well Workplaces. Other Well Cities are Omaha, Nebraska; Jacksonville, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Hobart, Indiana. Currently, 27 businesses in Lincoln representing 31,000 employees have achieved the status of bronze, silver or gold Well Workplaces. (Below)

"The process of becoming a Well City has helped our community by creating a healthier and more productive workforce," said Mayor Don Wesely. "That improves our competitive edge in new business recruitment and retention."

Lisa Henning, Associate Executive Director of WorkWell, Inc., said the Well City designation also strengthens the Community Health Endowmentís goal of making Lincoln the healthiest city in the country and contributes to attaining the Health Departmentís 2010 Objectives.

Well Workplaces: 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.

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