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Berkshire Health Systems Named WorkWell Massachusetts Gold Level Winner

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion for the fourth straight year. The award recognizes Berkshire Health System’s achievements developing, implementing, and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs.

BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers to develop and implement wellness programs that best address the individual company’s needs and budget.

“There is no one-size-fits-all or one generic website that can help create real change; those approaches have been proven to be ineffective. We know what works because we have been developing and analyzing wellness programs for over 15 years,” said Maureen Logan-Daniels, director of Wellness and Community Health at BHS. “It all started with our commitment to wellness for our 4,000 employees at BHS and the development of an award-winning — but, most importantly, life-changing — wellness program.”

WorkWell Massachusetts is a corporate award program created by the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA), a not-for-profit member organization dedicated to the advancement of worksite wellness programs. The award program’s criteria are based on the HERO Employee Health Management Best Practices Scorecard, in collaboration with Mercer, a tool designed to help organizations learn about best practices, discover opportunities to improve their programs, and measure progress over time. Applicants are required to provide details on their strategic planning and organizational support, program design and implementation, participant engagement, and measurements and evaluation, and applications were reviewed and designated by a WWCMA-appointed committee of industry professionals.

“We are proud to recognize these innovative Massachusetts employers for their outstanding wellness programs,” said Kristie Howard, who chairs the WWCMA board of directors. “The WorkWell Massachusetts Award is an important program put forth to honor the work being done by employers in our state to improve the health and vitality of our communities.”