Illinois State Human Resource Group Teams Up with BCBSIL to Offer Workplace Health Awards Program – the WOWIES!
The Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (ISC-SHRM) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced a new awards program that recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and strive to create a work culture that promotes physical activity.
Called the WOWIES!, these awards honor Illinois-based organizations or companies that take a creative approach to inspire employees to make healthy, active choices during working hours.
Criteria for the awards were developed by a team of ISC-SHRM and BCBSIL wellness experts. To be recognized for a WOWIES! award, organizations must develop and implement a measurable, easy-to-follow program to achieve the recognition criteria. Initiatives must be ongoing and in place for 30 days prior to the date of submission.
The WOWIES Award program has Silver, Gold and Platinum categories. The Silver award will be given to organizations that demonstrate a solid foundation for success.The Gold award is given to select worksites/organizations that meet the Silver criteria, as well as organizations that develop comprehensive programs producing results. These programs are strategic and aligned with the organization’s mission, vision and values.
The Platinum award recognizes organizations with well-defined and well-executed worksite wellness programming, and who meet the following criteria:
- Offer employees physical activity support
- Increase health eating options at work
- Promote a wellness culture
- Employ a minimum of 5 people
- Offer a variety of physical activities for employees
Applications can be found at: http://wellness.illinoisshrm.org/ . Deadline for submission is January 29, 2010. Winner will be announced March 1, 2010.
For More Information Contact:
- Mary Ann Schultz, Senior Manager of Media Relations, (312) 653-6701, Maryann_Schultz@bcbsil.com
- Bridget Houlihan, (312) 653-4668, Bridget_Houlihan@bcbsil.com