Sunday November 29th, 2015 7:24AM

GMRC receives health promotion, wellness grant

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) has been selected by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to receive one of the Employee Health Promotion & Wellness Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of GMRCemployees and family members.

Awards are made to members of the GMA Georgia Municipal Employee Benefit System (GMEBS) Life and Health Insurance Fund, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

The grant totals $3,000.

As part of the grant process, the GMRC designated a Health Promotion Leader to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend Local Government Risk Management Services' (LGRMS) High Impact Health Promotion and Wellness training session.

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

Employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback. Danny Lewis, Executive Director said, "We are pleased that the GMA recognizes our interest in employee health and in managing health care costs. This grant will help us provide new programs to our staff and their families."

GMEBS is available to all Georgia Municipal Association members. Currently, 153 cities, authorities, and regional commissions participate in the health plan.
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