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BFAIR Earns Health New England Well Worth It Award for Worksite Health Promotion

NORTH ADAMS — BFAIR has been named a 2021 Health New England Well Worth It Award recipient at the bronze level for successful worksite health promotion and employee health improvement. The award recognizes BFAIR’s commitment to its employees’ overall health and their achievements in implementing health and wellness programs.

An effective worksite wellness program can improve the well-being and productivity of the workforce while managing the rising cost of healthcare. This year’s workplace wellness activities at BFAIR included a variety of workshops such as yoga, healthy eating, and smoking cessation. Also included were a few self-driven challenges such as a walking challenge and a hydration challenge. Individuals served by BFAIR are also included in the wellness program.

“Last year impacted everyone, and BFAIR dedicated tools and resources to meet the critical needs of their employees,” said Katie Bruno, Public Health and Wellness program manager for Health New England. “Health New England is proud to recognize BFAIR for their commitment to their employees’ overall health and well-being. The Well Worth It Award is an extension of Health New England’s mission and honors the work being done by our employer groups to improve the health and lives of the people in our communities.”

Laura Baran, wellness committee chair at BFAIR, added that “wellness, both physical and emotional, remained a top priority for us at BFAIR. Our wellness committee recognized that our essential staff came to work day after day and did their job caring for others regardless of the pandemic, and we wanted to ensure that they had all the tools they needed to stay well. We are honored to be recognized by Health New England for our efforts.”