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Coplin Health Systems receives grant to promote workplace wellness

ELIZABETH — Coplin Health Systems recently received a grant to enhance workplace wellness.

As one of only 20 recipients in the state, Coplin Health Systems will send an employee to a six-week training course with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which will “give participants the tools and education to develop and sustain a workplace wellness program for years to come,” according to a press release from Coplin.

The $1,000 grant will help employees at Coplin to continue its Work@Health program which serves to train employees and encourage them to establish healthy habits.

“This year’s grant will focus on integrating mindfulness in the workplace and sharing its Work@Health challenges throughout the community,” the release said.

For example, this month, Coplin debuted a community-wide exercise challenge in partnership with Star Plastics.

“Employees spend about one-third of their lives in the workplace. If they want to choose healthy habits, it is important for them to be supported at work. Our Work@Health program is an opportunity for our organization to grow in this area,” Jenna Carr, Work@Health coach, said.

The grant was awarded by Active Southern West Virginia in partnership with West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and the West Virginia Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease.

“The health of our workforce is connected to the health of our economy and our communities. With these grants, we hope to supply the tools and ignite the inspiration needed for workplaces to kick off a sustainable wellness program to improve the health of their employees,” Veronica Crosier, Active SWV Workplace Wellness director said.

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