The City of Lake Stevens was honored with the WellCity Award by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).
Lake Stevens was one of 34 Washington cities and towns that received recognition for its workplace wellness program at the Association’s Annual Conference.
The AWC WellCity Award recognizes cities and towns that demonstrate best practices in employee health promotion.
A city must meet the minimum criteria in each of nine WellCity standards to receive the award.
“Health care costs hit Washington cities and towns hard over the past decade, rising 200 percent from 1998 – 2008. Municipal leaders across the state are taking action. Today more than 200 Washington cities offer worksite wellness programs to help control the direct and indirect costs of poor health,” says Mike McCarty, AWC Acting Executive Director.
“Well designed, worksite wellness programs help reduce employee health risks and health care costs.”
“Wellness programs such as Lake Stevens’ help the city operate more efficiently and contribute to maintaining affordable health care coverage for all AWC Trust-insured cities and employees.” says Gayla Gjertsen, AWC’s Director of Insurance Services.