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County chosen for employee health grant

POSTED: June 1, 2009 10:26 a.m.
Liberty County has been selected by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia to receive one of 39 Employee Health Promotion and Wellness Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.
Awards are given to members of the ACCG-Group Health Benefits Program, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a county’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.
As part of the grant process, Liberty County designated Laura Troutman as its health promotion leader to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend Local Government Risk Management Services’ high impact health and wellness training session.
Wellness programs have a demonstrated track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale. The ACCG offers wellness services to all member counties through LGRMS, a nonprofit agency operated jointly with the Georgia Municipal Association.
Liberty County Commission Chairman John D. McIver said, “We are pleased that the ACCG recognizes our interest in employee health and in managing health care costs. This grant will help us provide new programs to our staff and their families.”
The ACCG-GHBP is available to all Association County Commissioners of Georgia members. Currently, 86 counties and authorities participate in the health plan, all of which are eligible to apply for the Health Promotion and Wellness Incentive Grants on an annual basis.
 

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