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Take the challenge to earn a Healthy Business designation!

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Take the challenge to earn a Healthy Business designation!

The Healthy Business Challenge is an initiative of Healthy Washington County and sponsored by its member, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Since the workplace is where so many of our residents spend a large percentage of their time, it becomes a relevant environment to foster positive behaviors that can improve an individual’s health, as well as the collective results for the workforce and ultimately, the community. The Healthy Business Challenge encourages employers in Washington County to develop wellness plans, implement related activities, empower employees to make informed decisions to better their health and create a receptive environment to make changes.

As in past years, criteria for participants in the Healthy Business Challenge falls into three categories: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Overall Wellness. Businesses may either select criteria from the lists found here to implement or that already exists or come up with some fresh ideas outside of the box and share them! Companies may participate annually in the challenge and build each year on the list of employee health and wellness plans and initiatives from year-to-year.

Each business that achieves a minimum of 10 points in each of the three categories will receive Healthy Washington County’s Healthy Business designation and recognition of it. 

NEW THIS YEAR – Participating businesses MUST have at least 50% of its employees registered and entering weights at least twice in the calendar year on the Go For Bold healthy weight tracker under Weight Tracker.

Sign up is simple, officially begins Oct. 1, 2022, and will run through the end of the year. Registration is open to all businesses (profit and nonprofit) that have employees and an office/facility in Washington County. The challenge runs from Jan. 1-June 30, 2023. Register here with the Participating Business Registration form.

Businesses will be placed in one of four size categories – 

  • Very small (1-24 employees)
  • Small (25-99 employees)
  • Medium (100-399 employees)
  • Large (400+ employees)

Once the challenge is complete (summertime) and all businesses have submitted the lists of criteria, businesses achieving a minimum of 10 points in each of the three areas will be recognized and awards will be presented to those achieving the highest number of points in each size category and those that go above-and-beyond in creating a healthier business environment.

Questions? Please send those through the Healthy Washington County Facebook page (Be sure and Like it!). Join the challenge today!

To speak with a real person about the Healthy Business Challenge, call Paul Frey at 301-739-2015, ext. 102 or Joelle Butler at 240-520-3298.

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