We had 17 members along with our guest speaker, Larry Richardson from the Fond du Lac Area Business on Health (FABOH). Sign-up sheets continued circulating for our Annual Family Christmas Breakfast on Monday, December 16th, our Annual Christmas Party on Thursday evening, December 12th at Steve and Mary Millin’s house and the “Food for Thought” service project at the Fondy Food Pantry on Wednesday evening at St. Paul’s Cathedral. There was no 50/50 Raffle drawing as the Secretary was out sick so the 50/50 Raffle didn’t make it to the meeting. Next week’s game will still have 41 cards with eight pay cards and a pot of at least $139.
Larry Richardson is the Executive Director of FABOHand he joined us on Monday to talk about a local initiative to achieve “Well City” designation. Numerous local businesses have launched health and wellness programs aimed to help Fond du Lac become a Well City through the Wellness Council of America (WCA). It is an initiative based around the WCA’s Well-Workplace award that is intended to engage business communities in improving workforce health. Milwaukee, Racine and the Fox Cities are among areas that have received the designation. The local project is being managed by FABOH, individuals and participating businesses. More than 20 local businesses committed to the project in mid-November 2012.
How it works
To achieve the Well Workplace designation, a minimum of 20 employers who collectively employ at least 20 percent of the area’s workforce must participate. When goals are achieved in the three-year process, the City of Fond du Lac is eligible for Well City recognition. Businesses that have committed to earning the Well Workplace designation must complete documented wellness activities that include health risk appraisals for employees, healthy eating, increased physical activity, stress management and elimination of tobacco use.
According to information provided by Well City Fond du Lac leaders, research has demonstrated benefits of comprehensive workplace wellness programs.