More than 100 local employers have become Certified Healthy KC Organizations by the Greater KC Chamber’s Healthy KC initiative.
The Kansas City region lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes to healthy residents, but local businesses can play a significant role in improving the health of workers and their families.
That’s the impetus behind the creation of Healthy KC’s new workplace wellness certification, which recognizes companies and organizations for their efforts in creating a workplace focused on health and wellness. An initiative launched by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City earlier this year, in collaboration with more than 100 area health and wellness organizations, businesses, government and other sectors, Healthy KC has now named 130 area companies, nonprofits, and government entities “Healthy KC Certified Organizations.”
Healthy KC workplace wellness certification is based on four pillars of health, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and work/life integration, and there are four levels of certification, based on a company’s level of achievement across the four pillars: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention.
“Results show that Kansas City companies are using some very innovative approaches to improve the health and overall wellbeing of their employees,” says Workplace Wellness Chair Kelly Murphy. “Many companies have expanded beyond physical wellbeing to include components such as financial, career, community and mind/spirit. For example, companies such as Garmin, KCP&L and others are offering stretching/relaxation rooms and mindfulness classes.
“There is a mentoring component, too, so Healthy KC Certified Companies can share ideas and best practices and learn from each other,” Murphy explains. “We believe when Kansas City companies get behind a great idea, they can really move the collective needle to improve health in the region and make Kansas City a destination for wellness.”
Businesses that received Gold certification include Andrews McMeel Publishing, Burns & McDonnell, CBIZ, Cerner Corporation, H&R Block, Kansas City Public Schools, Sprint and UMB. See the full list of certified companies online here.
The certification process will be repeated each year, with the next round slated to open in early 2016. For more information, visit www.wearehealthykc.com.