Clay County Middle School is pleased to be selected as one of only 20 workplaces statewide to receive a $1,000 grant to support workplace wellness. These grants are made possible by Active Southern West Virginia and WV Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease.
By receiving this award, Clay County Middle School will be better able to support the health and well-being of our staff through creative wellness initiatives such as biking, hiking and kayaking on our Elk River Trail, playing disc golf at Maysel Park or participating in a fitness class. As part of the grant, employees from Clay County Schools will also receive certification in CDC Work@Health Employer Training. This 6-week evidence-based course gives participants the tools and education to develop and sustain a workplace wellness program for years to come.
The pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of being healthy. Here in the center of town we are so lucky to have this pristine, gorgeous rail trail and river; they provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy being active in nature. Mary Ann Triplette, director of distance learning and retired Middle School teacher said, “Clay County Middle School is excited to spring into action with the opportunities provided through this grant. Our staff is giving so much of themselves during the pandemic, it is exciting to have a way to give back to them because we value the health and well-being of not only our students but also our staff. “
These grants are awarded by Active Southern West Virginia (Active SWV) in partnership with WV Division of Public Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD). Active SWV is a non-profit providing an ecosystem of physical activity for the residents of southern West Virginia by offering programs led by trained volunteers from within the communities they serve. One piece of this ecosystem is Workplace Wellness.
“We spend a significant portion of our lives at work. It’s important we don’t wait until we’re home to consider our wellness,” says Veronica Crosier, Active SWV Workplace Wellness Director, “With these grants, we hope to supply the tools and ignite the inspiration needed for workplaces to kick off a sustainable wellness program for their employees.”
Employee health and well-being should be a priority for workplaces. A structured workplace wellness program makes this prioritization easy, creating a culture of wellness. When employees’ health is valued, employers can expect to see higher productivity, increased morale, and much more.
To learn more about workplace wellness grants through Active SWV, or starting your own workplace wellness program, contact Veronica Crosier at firstname.lastname@example.org.