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Health New England Recognizes BFAIR for Worksite Health Promotion

NORTH ADAMS — BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources), a human-services agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injury, has been named a 2022 Health New England Well Worth It Award recipient at the Gold level for successful worksite health promotion and employee health improvement. The award recognizes BFAIR’s commitment to its employees’ overall health and its achievements in implementing health and wellness programs during 2021.

An effective worksite-wellness program can improve the well-being and productivity of the workforce while managing employee turnover and the rising cost of healthcare. This year’s workplace-wellness activities at BFAIR included a variety of workshops offered to employees, such as mindfulness, exercise, healthy eating, and smoking cessation. Also included were a few self-driven challenges such as a ‘Thinner by Thanksgiving’ and hydration challenge. BFAIR also participated in the Berkshire 150 Challenge through Berkshire Health Systems, and includes individuals served by BFAIR in its wellness program.

“Health New England is proud to recognize BFAIR for their commitment to employee well-being by supporting a culture of health in the workplace,” said Katie Bruno, Public Health and Wellness Program manager for Health New England. “As the pandemic continued in 2021, BFAIR engaged employees in meaningful wellness programs to meet their critical needs and to support their overall health, both physical and mental. 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 “taking care of our team that are working hard taking care of others remains a top priority for us at BFAIR. Our wellness committee wants 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.”