Businesses honored by FMH for employee wellness programs

Businesses honored by FMH for employee wellness programs

By: Ed Waters Jr. News-Post Staff

Three Frederick businesses were honored Wednesday night for their efforts to keep employees well and productive.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Legal and General America, and the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick were presented the honors from Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Ken Coffey, chief development officer and vice president at the hospital, said the awards not only honor the three businesses, but also encourage other companies to start or expand wellness programs.

“Wellness is a personal choice,” said Thomas Kleinhanzl, president and CEO of FMH. He said that choice is based on lifestyle and other factors.

“Leadership is not always at the top,” Kleinhanzl said. “Someone within the organization may have ideas. We need to do this together. We can all learn from others and benefit the 230,000 people in Frederick County. Keeping it a healthy and vibrant community is important.”

Terry O’Malley, vice president of human resources at the hospital, and Angie Blair, health education specialist with the Frederick County Health Department, said programs exist to provide guidelines for business. One of the best is Healthiest Maryland Business at dhmh.healthiestmaryland@maryland.gov, they said.

O’Malley suggested the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, which jointly sponsored the awards, should have someone working full time to help businesses coordinate wellness programs in the community.

AOPA, which won the small-business award, has an aggressive program for weight loss among employees, an initiative for work-life balance and other health-related programs.

Legal and General America is in its first year of wellness programs. The company has seminars on diet and exercise, how to avoid fad diets and how to maintain one’s health in and out of the office.

The U.S. Army Garrison has joined with local parks and recreation departments to get soldiers and employees active. The garrison also uses the Army’s wellness and exercise programs.

Members of the FMH Corporate Honor Roll, which donate to the health organization’s programs, were thanked for their support in the past year.

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