The Woodinville Water District recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust, one of 82 agencies receiving the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion.
The District will receive a 2 percent premium discount on their Regence medical coverage for employees and spouses in 2012.
"While the 2 percent premium discount is a considerable motivation in times of strained budgets, the rewards go beyond the monetary savings," said Mike McCarty, AWC CEO. "An agency that works on employee health sees increases in productivity, morale and employee retention, and decreases in absenteeism and injuries," McCarty said.
Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that provides legislative representation, educational training, technical assistance, municipal liability insurance, health insurance and other services to Washington’s cities and towns. AWC’s Employee Trust provides health benefits to over 15,000 city/agency employees in Washington.
The Woodinville Water District Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in July of 2009 establishing an Employee Wellness Program. A committee comprised of 8 staff members from various departments was created to set long and short term goals and implement activities focused on all aspects of wellness. The committee also applied for and received a Program Incentive Grant and a Health Questionnaire mini-grant to be used for wellness activities. With Board of Commissioner and management support, an 80 percent participation rate was achieved and the District was able to meet their goal of winning the WellCity Award for 2011.