Englewood Community Hospital has earned a Bronze level designation from the Healthy Sarasota County Worksite program. The hospital joins ten worksites in Sarasota County which have been awarded this designation after a comprehensive review of their programs and environmental supports to improve employee health and well-being.

The Healthy Sarasota County Worksite program, which is administered through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota), designates employers who are carrying out health promotion actions endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proven to improve the health and well-being of their employees.

"I am pleased that Englewood Community Hospital has been recognized as a Healthy Sarasota County Worksite. This award recognizes our hospital's efforts to build a culture of health and well-being in the workplace. Many members of our team have helped us achieve this designation through their ideas, efforts, and contributions." said Valerie Powell-Stafford, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Eligibility for this designation includes completing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Worksite Health ScoreCard. Best Practices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, weight management, tobacco control, stress management, diabetes, vaccine preventable disease prevention, breastfeeding support and others are included in the ScoreCard.

The designation levels, Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze recognize new or existing efforts to improve employee health based on total points earned.

Health officials say worksite wellness is an important aspect of promoting a safe, healthy community. People spend more time at work than anywhere else and decisions and habits reinforced in a healthy worksite can transcend into other aspects of life.

Through the Healthy Sarasota County Worksite Initiative, no-cost wellness consultations and resources are provided. If interested in becoming a Healthy Sarasota County Worksite, more information and application can be found at www.HealthySarasota.com.