A local group is offering help to businesses to keep their employees healthy.
Worksite Wellness is a program offered through We Choose Health, Sarah Coleman, one of the contractors with the program, told Robinson Chamber of Commerce members Thursday.
She said the focus is on prevention of heart attacks, diabetes and other health issues that lead to direct and indirect costs to employers.
But employers don't need to engage in major programs like adding exercise equipment or installing showers, she said. Smaller changes in the workplace like a vegetable platter rather than donuts or adding healthier options to the vending machines can make a difference, she said.
Coleman added she would do on-site evaluations to determine what programs would be best for the business.
Businesses can also receive benefits from their insurance companies for the health of the workforce, she said. This can include if all the employees have lower cholesterol or if they are all non-smokers.
Some places already have health programs without realizing it, she said.
She gathered a number of names for the program and asked that other businesses contact her at 445-1905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coleman said her goal is to make sure the programs last past the end of the We Choose Health grant, which makes her efforts possible.
The chamber continued with news from their holiday program.
The Angel Tree program was a success, said Mary Kindt.
It targets teenagers, who are outside the Toys for Tots and Shop with a Cop programs, she said. Of the 49 names in the program, 43 were taken by various businesses and individuals.
Kindt completed the shopping for the remaining six with donated funds. It's a satisfying program, she said, and people tell her the program saved their Christmas.
The chamber is starting the work for the annual banquet. It will be 6 p.m. March 11, at the Robinson Community Center. There is a competition for four different awards: distinguished citizen, outstanding community service, outstanding industry/business and hometown pride youth. Application forms will run in the Daily News.
In other business:
The retail and business committee is still meeting at 7 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month, said Nancy Brush. It has been poorly attended, she said, and they want more businesses to visit.
Pizza Hut, which just moved to a new building in front of Wal-Mart, joined the Chamber.
The Chamber will be taking down the holiday decorations on the courthouse square. The project starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 12.
The next meeting will be at noon Feb. 14, at Tuscany Grill.