MCWOW Receives Platinum and Gold Wellness Awards

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The Mendocino County Working on Wellness (MCWOW) program, was honored with two national awards for health improvement efforts and for creating a culture of wellness in the workplace in 2013, the Mendocino County Executive Office announced Thursday.

The County of Mendocino was recognized for demonstrating progressive leadership and by “going above and beyond when it comes to employees’ health,” according to the MCEO press statement.

The MCWOW program was recognized by the American Heart Association with the Platinum “Fit-Friendly Worksite” award. Platinum award winners must meet criteria such as offering employees a number of physical activity and nutrition programs at work, as well as promoting wellness within the workplace.

Recipients must also demonstrate at least one behavior change specified by the American Heart Association, achieve at least one cost savings outcome, or have achieved a positive return on investment as documented by supporting data, according to the MCEO. The press release did not specify what any of those acheivements were locally.

The county wellness program was also honored by the American Specialty Health with the Gold “Fit Company” award.

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