(Burlington, VT) Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) is honored to receive a 2019 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Gold Level Award from The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Health.
This award creates a standard of excellence for worksite wellness initiatives, and recognizes Vermont employers’ efforts to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment and improve employee wellbeing.
Thanks to a collaborative partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Accountable Blue Program and high employee engagement, LCC has transformed its small wellness program into a vibrant wellness culture. Committing time and resources have been key to the company’s success.
“Wellness is more than a program or a handful of events throughout the year at Lake Champlain Chocolates,” explains Fran Tobin, Director of HR at LCC. “It has become a mindset that fosters a culture of well-being within our organization and beyond. It is reflected in our day-to-day activities from a robust stretching program and on-site physical therapy, to providing healthy snacks, hosting a Couch to 5k series, and engaging with our community. We encourage and support each other to live our best lives.”
Other offerings include tobacco cessation, mental health education, stress reduction and mindfulness sessions, nutrition classes, as well as flu shot clinics and a welcoming environment for breastfeeding moms. Many of these initiatives have resulted from employee input through health assessments, surveys, and open meetings.
Jeanne Senesac, a 24-year employee of LCC and member of the Wellness Committee, reflects on the impact of the program.
“When we first started the wellness program, many viewed it as a perk with a monetary pay-off,” says Senesac. “Now it means so much more. Participation is over 50%, and it’s been gratifying to see how the program’s incentives, tools, and social support have fostered healthier habits among my fellow employees.”
LCC will accept the award at the 2019 Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference next Thursday March 21, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Burlington, Vermont.