The Business Council of Fairfield County’s Healthy Employer Recognition Program once again honored Ashforth with its fourth consecutive Silver recognition award for its wellness program. The program applauds the efforts of area employers who understand the competitive advantage of a healthy workforce and who have implemented a diverse range of programs to promote a healthy workplace and assist their employees to live healthier lives.
Since launching its wellness program in 2012, Ashforth has promoted wellness by: emailing monthly newsletters, posting monthly material on its wellness web page and board, supporting fitness goals with gym discounts and walking groups, organizing yearly health fairs and encouraging participation in health observance events.
In 2015, Ashforth extended its wellness initiatives to the community by expanding its Farm Shares at Work Program, a weekly delivery of fresh locally-grown produce, to tenants at its 3001 Stamford Square and 707 Summer Street properties. “Our goal is to encourage our employees to lead healthy lifestyles by providing the education and resources that will help them make small changes throughout their day. For Ashforth, it’s about making healthy, easy,” said Jill Coscia, Vice President, Human Resources.
In total there were 49 companies, up from 44 last year, recognized for their wellness initiatives. The Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program is an initiative of The Business Council’s Wellness Roundtable. Concentrating on the issues of health and wellness, The Wellness Roundtable is a vehicle for best practice exchange, conducts a communications and events program to raise awareness of wellness and serves as a catalyst for employers to take cooperative action in meeting the health-related needs of their employees.