(Tallmadge, Ohio) – The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) received a Healthy Worksite Silver Level Award from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in Columbus. Summit DD was one of only 73 employers honored in the state. Other award recipients included Akron Children’s Hospital, American Greetings, Fifth Third Bank, and Case Western Reserve University to name a few.
According to the council, the awards recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.
“We take pride in our employee wellness initiative, fittingly known as our LIFE (Live, Inspire, Focus, and Energize) Program. The statistics from the past several years reflect the hard work that’s been put in to make it a big success. In 2015, the staff participation rate was at 63%—which then led to a 12% reduction in our health insurance premiums. Then in both 2016 and 2017, we increased the participation to a record-setting 68%,” shared Lynn Sargi, Summit DD’s HR Director.
“Our wellness program encourages camaraderie, team work, and healthy habits. Perhaps most importantly however, it creates a fun and fulfilling workplace. We are honored to accept this award from the Healthy Business Council,” said Summit DD Superintendent, John Trunk.
Summit DD is the community resource that connects more than 4,700 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families to services and supports in Summit County. It is the Agency’s mission to connect people with disabilities to supports that empower each individual to contribute to their own success and to that of their community.