The Health & Wellness Committee met virtually via Zoom on Friday morning, Dec. 4. We learned that committee member and Insurance Benefits professional, Heidi Herdman, has not let Covid-19 slow her down one little bit. She uses no less than 5 (that’s five!) personal computers, daily, to deliver appropriate services to her clients.
Jennifer Donnelly, Grant Coordinator for Mass in Motion and the Gloucester Dept. of Health, let us know that while the city’s offices remain mostly closed, all departments continue the extra hard work required for the benefit of the community from remote work locations. She mentioned that virtual meetings happen regularly and that she is in regular contact with another of our committee members, Karin Carroll, Public Health Director for the City of Gloucester, who has continued to manage the logistics around the pandemic for the city.
Corinne Lippie, Program Director for Backyard Growers provided an update on how, despite the pandemic, the non-profit has continued to provide programs, though on a smaller scale, for Pre-K – 7th grade school children, and not just for those located on Cape Ann. Over 15,000 children have benefitted across the commonwealth! Programs have included “Fall Harvest Days” and cooking workshops. The Sweet Potato Pancakes she described sounded especially delicious!
The Chamber’s CEO, Ken Riel, joined us to share some thoughts and perspectives. One of the topics we discussed was the need for many businesses to pass along the costs associated with Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) and disinfectant products and procedures, to the patrons who continue to faithfully support Cape Ann’s businesses. While we all agree vaccines cannot be administered soon enough, in the meantime, we must continue to accept the added costs associated with supporting so many businesses that depend on our patronage for as long as necessary.
Ken had another “Riel” valuable contribution. He received information from an organization called, “Wellness Workdays” (www.WellnessWorkdays.com). While none of us are familiar with the organization, any group that promotes Health & Wellness in the workplace is worth a mention.
Here are some of the details that were provided:
Wellness programs are an increasingly attractive benefit for employees. A certified wellness program can strengthen your business and attract top talent.
|The online survey for the 2021 certification can be completed on the Best Wellness Employer website before January 29th. The credentialing fee of $129 includes application and processing fees. Organizations that receive the certification also receive a Best Wellness Employer plaque and logo as well as access to insider events, resources, and research.
All of us in the Health & Wellness Committee hope that you and your families will enjoy safe and joyous holidays, including a pandemic-free 2021!
Scott Muir, Chair
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce – Health & Wellness Committee