JAY — Healthy Community Coalition’s Work Healthy! award program recognized Androscoggin Bank, Jay Town Office, Paris Farmers Union, Community Concepts, SAD 36, Maine Department of Transportation Region 3, Hannaford Supermarkets Jay, Verso Paper, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Turner Publishing for their work on promoting good health for their employees as part of Work Healthy!

The awards were presented at the Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls Chamber meeting recently. The program is focused on encouraging businesses and organizations in Greater Franklin County to support tobacco-free lifestyles, encourage physical activity and promote healthy eating.

Applicants for the program, businesses or organizations, have realized that a healthier workforce is beneficial to all involved. It benefits employees to have their employer promoting health. For the employer, it translates into reduced absenteeism, lower health care costs, improved productivity and healthy, happier employees.

Lisa Bilodeau and Lena Hann of Androscoggin Bank, Lisa Bryant of Jay Town Office, Jim Leclerc of Paris Farmers Union, Lisa Lemieux of Community Concepts, Annie O’Shea and Grace Eaton of SAD 36, Kelly Dyke of Maine DOT Region 3, Pam Powers and Jeffrey Vienneau of Jay Hannaford, Deanna McClure and Jane Franchetti of Verso Paper, John Blancato of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Dan Smiley and Jess Small of Turner Publishing each accepted a plaque on behalf of their organizations.

Awards ranged in levels from merit recognitions for a basic tobacco policy, to bronze and silver awards presented to applicants who submitted for all category areas. Many businesses said they are going for the gold in 2010.

Healthy Community Coalition provides interested worksites free technical assistance, educational materials and support to employers in their attempt to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles for their employees.

Any business or organization that would like to participate in the program should contact the coalition at 779-3136 or toll free at 1-800-525-3136. Work Healthy! is a program of Healthy Maine Partnership and an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network. Visit www.fchn.org/hcc for more information.

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