Newton Medical Center’s worksite wellness program has been nominated as a contestant in the Healthy Living Innovation Awards. The Healthy Living Innovation Awards are a new initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects within the last 3 years that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community. In order to be nominated, organizations must have an innovative project in at least one of three health promotion areas: healthy weight, physical activity, and nutrition. Awards will be granted within seven categories.
1. Faith-based and community-based initiatives
2. Health care delivery
3. Healthy workplace
- Large employer (> 500 employees)
- Small employer (< 500 employees)
5. Public Sector
6. Schools (early childhood programs through 12th grade)
7. Let’s Move! Cities and Towns
An HHS expert panel will review nominations and choose the most promising innovations in each category. Descriptions of the most promising innovations will be posted on challenge.gov for public voting. The HHS Secretary will make the final determination of winners based on public votes and recommendations from the HHS expert panel. The winners will be announced June 30, 2011. The HHS Secretary will present awards to the winners in a public recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. Awardees will also travel to a national conference, where they will participate in a panel discussion to further disseminate their innovations.
View NMC’s submission here: http://tinyurl.com/NMCHealthyLiving