Workplace wellness services coming to Lamoille Small Businesses

For immediate release:
January 2, 2012

John Mandeville, LEDC 888-5640.
Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital 888-8301

Lamoille Economic Development Corp. Collaboration with Copley Hospital

Lamoille County, VT – A healthy employee is more productive and a happier one, so  many employers provide wellness programs at work as a benefit. However, the challenge for very small businesses – those with 10 or fewer employees in Lamoille County – is to provide such services cost effectively. Lamoille Economic Development Corp. (LEDC) and Copley Hospital are now partnering to bring the health and wellness activities of Copley’s Workplace Wellness program to small businesses in Lamoille County. The LEDC will underwrite the cost of providing these activities and services up to 100% for participating Lamoille County based businesses.

As part of the program, Copley Hospital’s Wellness Coaches will provide health screenings, wellness fairs and “Lunch and Learn” seminars for employees at designated  job sites, on a contractual basis. The coaches will address the most pertinent health issues of the day, including diabetes screenings and management, weight management, blood pressure checks, ergonomic screening and education, back safety, and stress management.

According to John Mandeville, LEDC Director, there are several advantages to on-site wellness programming which this partnership provides. “It’s better to address health issues where employees spend most of their time – at work,” says Mandeville. “On-site programming inspires higher participation rates, and it’s easier for employees to absorb and apply the information. They feel that the company cares about them, they create a healthier work environment, and they’re absent less often for health reasons. The challenge has always been to get this type of programming out to smaller employers, and this partnership goes a long way toward achieving that goal.”

“Worksite health screenings are an affordable, high impact way to encourage employees to improve their own health,” says Linda Shaw, RN and Manager of Copley Hospital’s Wellness Center. “The return on investment is healthier employees and a healthier bottom line. Copley is excited to work with LEDC to bring this service to small businesses throughout our area.”

The LEDC Workplace Wellness program is available to small businesses in Lamoille County and runs through 2012. For more information on the services available, contact Linda Shaw at 802.888.8369.

The LEDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation sponsored by Lamoille County businesses and municipalities as well as the State of Vermont. Its mission is to strengthen the county’s economy through the creation and expansion of jobs and businesses with a focus on agricultural, tourism and web-based businesses.

Copley Hospital is Lamoille County’s non-profit community hospital and one of the largest employers. Copley provides excellent primary care, women’s and children’s health services, emergency services, general surgery and orthopedics, along access to a variety of medical specialists including cardiology, oncology and urology on its campus in Morrisville. Committed to fostering wellness, Copley sponsors extensive community education opportunities, focusing primarily on diabetes, obesity, heart health, and personal safety.


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