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Shelby County Government honored as one of the 2019 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America

Shelby County Government has been recognized as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America
Credit: Shelby County Government

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Shelby County Government has been recognized as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, an awards program administered by Springbuk®.

With this award, Shelby County Government has been nationally recognized as one of the best-of-the­-best in worksite health. The Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America award culminates the conclusion of the year-long wellness awards program that Healthiest Employers® hosts in more than 40 cities across the United States. This award distinguishes Shelby County as a leader in health and well-being initiatives.

Mayor Lee Harris: "I am proud to support a healthy workplace. It is exciting to see Shelby County Government recognized nationally for having one of the best worksite health programs. We have complemented our internal wellness program by launching healthyShelby. The goal of healthyShelby and all our efforts at healthy living is to create and fortify a culture of good health throughout Shelby County. ”

Employee Benefits Wellness Coordinator Elyse Lovelace: "Over the last six years, the progress we have made in the area of wellness is astounding. We have created a culture of health and have continuously improved our health metrics every year. We will continue to strive in this area and make efforts to improve the health of our employees.”

The growth of the Total Health Wellness program has been a result of continued support from executive leadership. A wide range of programs have been implemented including monthly health education seminars, tobacco cessation programs, on site fitness centers, bike share programs, health fairs, on site wellness screenings, on site blood pressure and glucose checks, on site group fitness classes, and many more activities. Every year the County coordinates the Mayor's healthyShelby 5k and one mile walk. The County also partners with various local health entities including the American Heart Association and the Memphis Business Group on Health.

In 2019, Mayor Harris’ administration made a larger commitment to a healthy Shelby County for all by rolling out the healthyShelby’19 public awareness campaign. Areas of focus included nutrition, physical fitness, and mental health and stress management. The healthyShelby’20 campaign will continue this work with a focus on awareness around and prevention of childhood diabetes.