Applications for the 2009-2010 Healthy Business Academy are currently being accepted through September 12, 2008.
The Academy, sponsored by Norman Regional Health System and the Healthy Community Coalition, offers businesses and organizations practical employee wellness program training and Certified Healthy Business application guidance.
Through quarterly luncheon classes held at Moore Norman Technology Center the Academy will introduce new aspects of employee wellness plans. The classes will bring a mix of discussions, group policy creation, question/answer sessions and brainstorming using the Make It Your Business for a Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Toolkit curriculum.
Tuition is $25 per person for Healthy Community members and $35 per person for non-members. A limited number of scholarships are available. Academy applications are available at www.myhealthycommunity.com.
“The Healthy Business Academy is a tool for local businesses to help them create an employee wellness program or enhance their existing program,” said Lindy Beswick, Coordinator Community Health and Wellness Department, Norman Regional Health System. “In a time when every penny counts, what your employees do at lunch, during breaks and after work can negatively impact your organization more than you might expect. The Academy will give you ideas for low-cost and free activities and how best to engage employees. You will also receive personalized wellness policy guidance and much more. Our goal with the Academy is to help create a healthier community by offering these resources and guidance to our business community.”
The first class on September 18th will focus on application for the Certified Healthy Business program. The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Program recognizes Oklahoma businesses that provide health and wellness opportunities, and are working to improve the health status of Oklahomans.
The program is an initiative of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. For more information of the Healthy Business Academy visit the Healthy Community website, www.myhealthycommunity.com or contact Lindy Beswick, 307-6602.