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Area Employers Named ‚ÄúCertified Healthy KC Organizations‚ÄĚ



The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Program saw a surge in local organizations that are championing health and wellness in the workplace in 2016. In 2015, the program’s inaugural year, 133 area companies, nonprofits, and government entities were recognized for their efforts to promote health and wellness in the workplace. This year that number grew by 59% – for a total of 212 companies that are Healthy KC certified.

Local businesses can play a significant role in improving the health of workers and their families. That is the impetus behind the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Certification Program. This initiative recognizes organizations for their efforts in creating a workplace focused on health and wellness.

Healthy KC is an initiative launched by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City in the spring of 2015, in collaboration with more than 100 area health and wellness organizations, businesses, government, and other sectors. The workplace wellness effort is one of five areas of focus for Healthy KC, along with active living, behavioral health, healthy eating, and tobacco use prevention and cessation.

The Healthy KC workplace wellness certification is based on four ‘pillars’ of health: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and work/life integration. There are four levels of certification, based on a company’s level of achievement across the four pillars – Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention.

The increased participation in this year’s program demonstrates that more and more area companies are taking the health of their employees seriously. Also, the improvement in the second year of the program for many repeat participants was significant.

“We are excited about placing Kansas City on the national map from a workplace wellness perspective,” says Workplace Wellness Action Team Chair Kelly Murphy. “Through the Workplace Wellness certification process, companies have many opportunities to share best practices and learn from each other to improve their workplace wellness offerings. In turn, we have ambassadors and change agents in companies through the KC metro area that are offering programs to enhance the health and wellbeing of employees and their families.”

“We have seen many companies progress up through the levels of bronze, silver and gold as their workplace wellness programs become further defined,” Murphy continued. “It is great to see so many innovations and creative programs being offered throughout the metro area. Together, we really are making a difference.”

“We’re very pleased by the results of this year’s Healthy KC Certification,” says Joe Reardon, President and CEO of the KC Chamber. “However, our work is not done. As we prepare for next year, we will continue to advance Healthy KC and the workplace wellness application until our Kansas City region is the healthiest place to live and work.”

The certification process will be repeated each year, with the next round slated to open in early 2017. For more information, visit www.wearehealthykc.com or e-mail healthykc@kcchamber.com.

Congratulations to the Chamber’s 2016 Healthy KC Certified organizations:
 
GOLD SILVER BRONZE HONORABLE MENTION
AB May
American Century Investments
American Heart Association
Arbor Day Foundation
ARC PT+
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Blue Valley School District
BNIM Architects
Bryan Cave LLP
Burns & McDonnell
CBIZ
Center School District
Centered Spirit
Cerner Corporation
Children’s Mercy Hospital
City of Kansas City, MO
City of Lenexa
City of Olathe
Commerce Bank
Company Kitchen
County of Johnson, KS
DST Systems, Inc
Environmental Works, Inc
Fort Leavenworth
Garmin
Garver LLC
GBA Architects & Engineers
Global Prairie
Grantham University
Hallmark Cards, Inc
Harley-Davidson
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Henderson Engineers, Inc
Independence School District
JE Dunn
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Johnson County Park & Recreation District
Kamba Fit
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Kansas City Public Schools
KCP&L
K-State Olathe
Lockton Companies
McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center
McCownGordon Construction
Metropolitan Community College
Mosaic Life Care
MRI Global Nabholz
Nabholz
NAIC-NIPR
Park Hill School District
Pro Athlete, Inc
Raytown Quality Schools
REACH Foundation
Saint Luke’s Health System
Shawnee Mission Health
Sprint
State Street
Successful Edge, LLC
Synergy Services
The University of Kansas Health System
Thomas McGee, L.C.
Tri-County Mental Health Services
Truman Medical Centers
U.S. General Services Administration
UMB Financial Corp
University of Kansas Medical Center
USD 232 DeSoto School District
Veracity Consulting
Alliance Data
AMC Theaters
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Diabetes Association – Kansas City
Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa
Belton School District
Bernstein-Rein Advertising
Big Brothers Big Sisters
BKD
Black & Veatch Corporation
Blue Springs R-IV School District
BMO Harris Bank
Bodies Health & Fitness
Cartwright Companies
Christian Fellowship BC
Cleveland University Kansas City
Dobies Healthcare Group
Epiq
Ernst & Young, LLP
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Exhale LLC
Fike Corporation
filmMED
Foundational Concepts
Haldex
Hufft Projects
IBC
INTL FCStone
Johnson County Community College
Kansas City Marriot Downtown
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
KVC Health Systems
Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation
Mariner Holdings, LLC
Mazuma
Mid-Continent Public Library
Minute Movement
MMC Corp
Muscle Metrics
Nazdar
NCES, Inc
North Kansas City Hospital
North Kansas City School District
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Region VII
POAH Communities
Polsinelli
Populous Group, LLC
Raymore Peculiar High School
Raymore Peculiar School District
Retina Associates, P.A.
RoKC
Rose Brooks Center
Shawnee Mission School District
Smithfield Foods
Smithville School District
Sunflower House
Sungevity, Inc
Terracon Consultants, Inc
The American Cancer Society of Kansas City
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City
Tico Productions, LLC
TVH Americas
University of Missouri Extension
Waddell & Reed, Inc
WaterOne
Yarco Companies, Inc
YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Your Wellness Connection
Ace Scholarships
Awaken Whole Life Center
Bank Midwest
BikeWalkKC
Brightergy
BRR Architecture
City of Overland Park
Clinical Reference Laboratory
Colliers International
Community America Credit Union
Community LINC
Costco Wholesale
County Club Bank
Cultivate Kansas City
EPC Real Estate Group
First Call Alcohol-Drug Prevention & Recovery
Fort Osage School District
GENESYS Systems Integrator
Gordon Parks
Greater KC Sport Comm & Foundation
H&R Block
Helix Architecture + Design
Henke Manufacturing
John Knox Village
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Lathrop and Gage LLP
Lead Bank
MidAmerica Alliance for Access
Mind-Body-Balance
Mission Electronics, Inc
Missouri Department of Conversation’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Mother & Child Health Coalition
National Flood Services
National Multiple Sclerosis Society- Mid America Chapter
nexus IT Group, Inc
Nonprofit Connect
Olsson Associates
Panera Bread – Original Bread Inc
Pathfinder Health Innovations
RED Brokerage/Legacy Development
RubinBrown LLP
Rx Savings, LLC
Service Management Group
Shockey Consulting Services
Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Swagelok Kansas City
t.Loft
Tension Corporation
Terra Health & Wellness Market
The Barstow School
Toshiba Business Solutions
U.S Engineering
VML, Inc
Western Extralite, A Division of Border States Electric
Woodland Heritage Farm
Aspen Contracting
blooom, Inc
C3
Complete Chiropractic & Wellness, LLC
emfluence Digital Marketing
Girls on the Run Serving Kansas City
JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health
NACWAA
North American Savings Bank
Parris Communications
Pause Meditation Salon
The Kansas City Star Media Company
University Physician Associates
Whole Body Wellness & Yoga
Wyandotte High School

Contact:
Pam Whiting
816-374-5481