Businesses honored for workplace wellness

Colorado School of Public Health honors family-friendly companies

Posted 8/29/17

Five Colorado employers were recognized for their efforts to keep employees healthy and happy at a ceremony at CU South Denver in Lone Tree on Aug. 17.

The event, Celebrating Colorado's Healthiest Places to Work, was presented by Health Links, a …

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Businesses honored for workplace wellness

Colorado School of Public Health honors family-friendly companies

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Five Colorado employers were recognized for their efforts to keep employees healthy and happy at a ceremony at CU South Denver in Lone Tree on Aug. 17.

The event, Celebrating Colorado's Healthiest Places to Work, was presented by Health Links, a program administered through the Colorado School of Public Health.

The awards, in their fourth year, went to winners exemplifying the theme “family friendly businesses.” Presenters honored recipients with certificates and, in some cases, cowbells.

“It's really to celebrate the commitment these employers have to support healthy work environments,” said Lili Tenney, co-founder and director of Health Links. “A lot of their efforts go unnoticed and aren't always acknowledged.”

Corporate mental health provider MINES and Associates was the first recipient of the day, winning the Innovation Champion Award. The company, based in south Jefferson County near Littleton, offers mental health services to employers around the United States, and was chosen for offering those same services to employees, and their families, free of charge.

“It feels good personally, because it means our efforts are paying off,' said Nic McKane, business development coordinator for MINES. “It shows we practice what we preach.”

Health Links' highest honor, the Halo Award, went to CSAA Insurance Group of Colorado Springs. The company invites employees to bring children to work and trainings, provides paid time off for employees to volunteer and gives employees with 30 or more hours of volunteer time a $300 gift card they can use to donate to charity.

Winners of the Champions of Well-Being (or COW) Award, took home the noisiest trophies: white cowbells in accordance with the award's acronym. They included the Hilton Garden Inn at the Denver Airport in Aurora, Pinnacol Assurance of Denver and Mountain Family Center in Granby.

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