(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Wellness Council of Indiana (WCI) recently honored two Indiana communities as Indiana Healthy Community Initiative designees. The designations are the first for the WCI program, which began earlier this year.

Hancock County and Muncie-Delaware County were awarded the title at the 2016 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit September 21-22 in downtown Indianapolis. The annual summit is the largest gathering of wellness professionals in Indiana, and was presented in partnership with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Wellness Council of Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Health, INShape Indiana and the American Diabetes Association.

To be considered an Indiana Healthy Community, communities must apply to the WCI and meet eight key components, including working with various community leaders, getting citizens involved, analyzing political atmospheres and ensuring environments are best for making healthy choices. Part of the requirements include having a certain number of businesses certified as AchieveWELL companies, a WCI designation for individual organizations (see AchieveWELL information and list below).

Additionally, community leaders identify short-term and long-term strategies to ensure a healthy community for all citizens. WCI representatives assist communities in providing best practices for achieving community goals.

“The premise of the Indiana Healthy Community Initiative is to drive economic growth and development for communities, so that when companies want to relocate or start in Indiana, they’re looking at communities where health is a priority,” WCI Executive Director Chuck Gillespie says.

“And in these areas – like in Delaware and Hancock counties – what companies will find are healthier employees and families, lower insurance costs and a productive workforce.”

Six other counties – Putnam, Howard, Dubois, Kosciusko, Monroe and Hendricks – are all in various stages of involvement with the Indiana Healthy Community Initiative.

Locations interested in becoming Indiana Healthy Communities can visit the WCI web site at http://www.wellnessindiana.org (Healthy Communities tab) for more information and to apply.

The Wellness Council of Indiana is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

AchieveWELL Companies

At the same event, the WCI honored a record 37 Hoosier organizations with new AchieveWELL certification. Groups working toward creating a corporate culture that encourages and supports employee health through worksite wellness programs are eligible for the designation. AchieveWELL provides an independent assessment of wellness processes and is divided into three levels: Three Star, Four Star and Five Star. The standards are progressive through the Five-Star Award.

New AchieveWELL Three-Star recipients:

• 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union – Fort Wayne
• Batesville Community School Corporation – Batesville
• City of Greenfield – Greenfield
• Complete Wellness Solutions – Fort Wayne
• DeKALB Molded Plastics – Butler
• Delaware County – Muncie
• Greenfield Banking Company – Greenfield
• Greenfield Daily Reporter – Greenfield
• Hancock Physician Network – Greenfield
• HealthLinc – Valparaiso
• Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc. – Indianapolis
• Indiana State University – Terre Haute
• Indiana University Health – Indianapolis
• Indianapolis Indians – Indianapolis
• IndyGo – Indianapolis
• Inskeep Ford – Greenfield
• Kimball International – Jasper
• LifeStream Services – Yorktown
• Muncie Community Schools – Muncie
• Muncie Power Products, Inc. – Muncie
• Mursix Corporation – Yorktown
• YMCA of Muncie – Muncie
• Unified Group Services – Anderson
• USI Insurance – Carmel

New AchieveWELL Four-Star Recipients:

• CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions – Indianapolis
• Gregory & Appel Insurance – Indianapolis
• Henriott Group – Lafayette
• Monarch Beverage – Indianapolis
• Muncie Indiana Transit System – Muncie
• Riverview Health – Noblesville
• State of Indiana – Indianapolis
• Steinberger Construction, Inc. – Logansport

New AchieveWELL Five-Star Recipients:

• Hancock Regional Hospital – Greenfield
• Indiana University – Bloomington
• IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital – Muncie
• Jasper Engines & Transmissions – Jasper
• Mulzer Crushed Stone – Tell City

Without dictating how worksite wellness programs are conducted, the AchieveWELL process offers a clear understanding of the necessary components of successful worksite wellness and recognizes excellence in the field of health promotion. Helpful tools, templates and personal coaching are offered to those aspiring to become AchieveWELL organizations.

The AchieveWELL program is free to members of the Wellness Council of Indiana. For information on joining the Wellness Council, visit www.wellnessindiana.org or call (317) 264-2168.

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