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Wellness Council Awards Centerstone

Columbus, Ind.—Centerstone of Indiana has earned a Silver Well Workplace Award from Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) for their current employee wellness initiative. This is Centerstone’s third award from WELCOA in six years. Established in 2002, Centerstone’s wellness program provides wellness benefits that include in-house workout facilities, exercise incentive campaigns, worksite weight loss programs, and annual health screenings for employees and family members. The current program involves setting activity and nutrition goals to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors to enhance well-being and abilities to serve clients in increasingly effective ways. Robert Williams, PhD, CEO of Centerstone of Indiana, emphasized that wellness is a part of the corporate culture at Centerstone. “We value our employees and want to provide them opportunities to increase their own health and well-being. We also know that healthy employees are vital to the success of Centerstone’s mission to prevent and cure mental illness and addiction in our local communities.”

Wellness Councils of America defines a “Well Workplace” as an organization fully embracing its responsibility for maximizing the health and well-being of its employees—where it’s evident that employee wellness is a part of the overall business strategy, and of the very fabric of the organization. A well workplace provides an organized program to assist participants in making voluntary behavior changes to reduce health and injury risks, improve their health consumer skills and enhance individual productivity and well-being.

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) was established as a national not-for-profit organization in the mid-1980s through the efforts of a number of forward-thinking business and health leaders. Drawing on the vision originally set forth by William Kizer, Sr., Chairman Emeritus of Central States Indemnity, and WELCOA founding directors that included Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Warren Buffet, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, WELCOA has helped influence the face of workplace wellness in the U.S.

For more information, please contact Susan Pickens 812.314.3432 or by email at susan.pickens@centerstone.org.

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, offers a wide range of mental health and addiction services to more than 24,000 people of all ages each year. Formed through the merger of Center for Behavioral Health, Quinco Behavioral Health Systems and Dunn Center, Centerstone has been serving Indiana residents for more than five decades. The organization has more than 60 facilities across 17 Indiana counties and operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org

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