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Auburn earns WellCity Award for second straight year

Nancy Backus - Courtesy photo
Nancy Backus
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The City of Auburn was recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust as a 2014 WellCity Award recipient.

Auburn joins a total of 96 cities and public entities that met the stringent WellCity standards which demonstrate a commitment to employee health.

All of the cities are part of AWC's Employee Benefit Trust, a health insurance pool that provides coverage to 14,000 city employees across the state. When an employer meets the WellCity standards, they earn a 2-percent discount on medical premiums.

"We believe in wellness for our employees because people do their best work when they feel good in their workplace," said Mayor Nancy Backus. "The added benefit of the 2-percent discount – which translates to an approximate savings of $86,000 is a tribute to our employees and their dedication to their workplace wellness and ultimately the citizens we serve."

Some of the wellness activities that contributed to the earning the WellCity distinction in Auburn included: WeightWatchers at Work; lunchtime book club; increased participation in employee giving programs and Relay for Life; lunch and learn lectures on wellness topics such as budgeting, reducing work place stress and personal safety; and increased employee recognition for above-and-beyond performance.

"Employers that promote wellness empower their employees to become healthier. These employees address health concerns earlier and have less costly medical claims. Both the city and the community benefit from more productive employees, it's a win for everyone," said Mike McCarty, AWC CEO.

A complete list of the cities that earned this year's award can be found here.

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