Healthy Oxford Hills recognizes area businesses

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NORWAY — Healthy Oxford Hills recognized 24 Oxford Hills businesses and organizations  at a recent Work Healthy! Award event.

Each year, Healthy Oxford Hills, the local public health coalition for the southern part of Oxford County, scours the county looking for work sites that are either currently doing some exemplary health promotion at their work site or who are willing to apply for recognition by shaping up a wellness effort at their place of work.

The initial qualifier for recognition is that a work site has and follows a written tobacco policy, which is now required by law. If a work site goes beyond supporting smoking boundaries and offering cessation resources to employees and offers nutritional information or supports physical activity opportunities and/or substance abuse prevention awareness or chronic disease prevention, it would qualify for a higher level of recognition.

The highest award achievement in the Work Healthy! promotion is obtaining the Gold status. For 2010, there were two organizations that achieved gold status: Western Maine Health and New Balance.

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Silver recognition went to RFJ-Keiser Industries, Norway Savings Bank, Hebron Academy, Richard Bader Physical Therapy, Grover Gundrilling, WJ Wheeler Insurance, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Northeast Bank.

Bronze recognition was awarded to Medical Care Development, Community Concepts, Paris Farmers Union, The Progress Center, OFCU, Androscoggin Bank, Tri-County Mental health, Maine Veteran’s Homes, WMCA, the Sun Journal and AWAP.

Quality recognition went to Schiavi Homes, The Lost Gull and Save-A-lot.

Tom Downing of Lifeline, Maine Medical Center’s work site wellness program, was the speaker at the event. Laura Fortman, Maine’s commissioner of labor, presented the awards to business representatives. She invited employers to apply for further recognition through one of two state of Maine safety and health achievement recognition and certification programs. Those interested may visit www.safetyworksmaine.com.

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