GLOBE — Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services (SEABHS) was recognized on June 15 by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Copper level of excellence in worksite wellness.
The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award recognizes employers that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, their families and their community by implementing comprehensive worksite wellness strategies.
The minimum qualifications to be considered for this award include attending the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program training and developing a plan to improve employee health and safety.
To qualify for the Silver and Gold levels of the award, employers need to support employee health through policy and systems changes.
SEABHS received this recognition for supporting employee health by implementing an employee wellness program to improve their overall health.
SEABHS provided heart health information to all employees to reduce high blood pressure and encourage them to check their blood pressure regularly.
“Since employees spend nearly half of their waking hours at work, the workplace represents an important setting for promoting healthy behaviors,” said Carol Welsh the SEABHS Health Promoter. “Efficient, effective and sustainable worksite wellness initiatives have been shown to reduce healthcare costs. While results at each organization can vary, some employers have realized up to a $6 return for every $1 invested in wellness programs.”
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).
Its mission is to help employers learn how to successfully implement worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses.
For more information, go to www.healthyazworksites.org.