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Dawson County Receives Wellness Grant

Dawson County has been awarded the ACCG-Group Health Benefits Program Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grant by ACCG, Georgia's County Association. The grant will be used for multiple employee health programs throughout the year.

Dawson County is one of 44 members to receive the Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grant based on its commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

“There is an old saying, ‘if you have your health you have everything.’ How true is that? It is my goal and that of our Human Resources department to lead the way in workplace wellness,” said Dawson County Manager David Headley. “That means finding innovative health solutions through wellness services, technology and performance measures. Whether you’re a global operation, local government or small business owner, the cost of employee wellness is an investment that pays off in many ways. Studies have proven that, when employees create healthy habits, performance improves at work and everywhere else.”

Added Michael Mulcare, Douglas County commissioner and president of the ACCG-GHBP Board of Directors, "A  successful wellness program is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, which helps to control healthcare costs and contribute to a happier, more productive workforce. Wellness programs greatly benefit employees, their families and the employer - everyone benefits."

The Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grants are awarded statewide to ACCG members that are undertaking health and wellness initiatives to transform their living and working communities into healthier environments. The grants are to provide assistance in promoting worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.

As part of the grant process, the member designates a Health Promotion Champion to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend the Health Promotion Champion training class offered by Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS). In addition, employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback - all part of Dawson County's annual Spring Employee Health Fair. A portion of the grant funds will be used for fall flu shots.

Wellness programs have a reliable track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale. ACCG offers wellness services to all members through LGRMS, a not-for-profit agency operated jointly with the Georgia Municipal Association.

The ACCG-Group Health Benefit Program is available to all ACCG members. Currently, 90 counties and authorities participate in the health plan, and all are eligible to apply for the Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grants on an annual basis.

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