April 9, 2014In the News

Well City Milwaukee awards 10 companies

Michael Best was the proud recipient of the Well City Milwaukee “Best Practice Intervention:  Physical Activity Award” at the April 9th Well City Milwaukee Annual Celebration Event.  The firm’s dedication to healthy lifestyles through our wellness initiatives, including lunch and learn sessions, newsletters, fitness challenges and coaching, was recognized among nine other Milwaukee companies who have also implemented a disciplined approach to delivering their employee wellness program.  Below is an article regarding the awards that appeared in “Today’s Wisconsin Health News”.


Well City Milwaukee recognized 10 companies Wednesday for improving the wellness of their employees during a ceremony hosted by Well City Milwaukee that also included presentations from officials urging the organizations to do more.


The companies developed workplace wellness programs based on criteria developed by the Wellness Council of America. Steps include capturing management support, collecting relevant data and creating supportive environments and policies.


The honored companies, among other things, have bikes available for employees, offer onsite yoga and schedule recess during work days.


Two of the 10 companies - MGIC and Robert W. Baird - earned the WELCOA Platinum Award. The other recognized companies are Chr. Hansen, Core Creative, Dental Associates, Hatco Corporation, Michael Best & Friedrich, Strattec Security Corporation, the Boldt Company and the Starr Group.


Meanwhile, officials encouraged businesses to extend their wellness efforts to the broader community.


"These companies have had so much success inside their walls," said Magda Peck, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Public Health. "Imagine what is possible to have a collective impact beyond your walls"


Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who challenged audience members to walk 100 miles with him over the next month, said it's important to keep up the positive momentum around wellness.


"We have to get people off their duffs and get them moving around," he said.

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