NORWAY – Eleven local businesses and organizations were awarded a Work Healthy! recognition plaque by Healthy Oxford Hills.

The presentation was made at the recent Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Community Luncheon with Maine’s State Commissioner of Labor, Laura Fortman.

Healthy Oxford Hills is a local public health coalition, part of a statewide system of public health organizations whose work it is to discover, advocate for, and help allocate resources toward meeting community members’ health and wellness needs.

Work Healthy! Awards were given to all applicants who prioritize the health of their employees through writing and maintaining good health policies, beginning with tobacco use regulation, signs, and supportive resources for decreasing tobacco dependence.

From there, businesses can earn a higher award status if they also support employees’ health and wellness through nutritional information and support by offering low-cost healthy snacks, physical activity, or helping with the cost of fitness classes or gym memberships.

Given the Quality Award were Paris Farmers Union and Personal Best Health Club; bronze winners were Western Maine Health, Keiser Industries, The Progress Center, Community Concepts, Medical Care Development and Oxford Federal Credit Union; awarded silver were Richard Bader Physical Therapy, Norway Savings Bank and Hebron Academy.

For more information, call Chris Davis at 739-0352.

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