Counseling service receives wellness award

MIDDLEBURY - The Counseling Service of Addison County received a Bronze Worksite Wellness Award from the Gov. Jim Douglas's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. This award was presented in recognition of CSAC's efforts to enhance employee wellness and help control the agency's healthcare costs.

The agency was specifically cited for providing access and encouragement to its employees to engage in active physical exercise. CSAC has offered bone building groups, exercise classes, periodic walking programs and is currently engaged in a yoga and walking program in which employees can enroll, log their progress, and be eligible for prizes. The agency has also stopped serving soda and junk foods at functions, and removed vending machines from its properties. In the recent past, heart-healthy tasting and cooking workshops have encouraged employees to eat nutritious, low-fat meals.

The Counseling Service is also working toward an in-house fitness center in its building at 109 Catamount Park, and has already received a grant of $10,000 for that project from The Benefits Alliance.

The award was presented by Douglas. Receiving the award on behalf of the Counseling Service were Executive Director Bob Thorn, Human Resources Director Susan Anderson-Brown, and Danielle Dragon, coordinator of recruitment, training, and wellness.

Commenting on the award, Anderson-Brown said "We are grateful for this wonderful recognition of our efforts here at the Counseling Service. We look forward to making even greater strides toward a healthy workforce, with minimal time lost to illness, and greater control over the agency's healthcare costs."

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