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County receives health and wellness grant
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Leigh Richey, with ACCG, recently presented Dawson Countys Kristie Hudson, left, with a $1,500 big check that will be used to implement a county employee health and wellness fair. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners recently received a grant designed to improve employee health and wellness.

Dawson County is one of 40 members to receive the health promotion and wellness grant awarded by Georgia's county association, ACCG, based on its commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

"A successful wellness program is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, which helps to control health care costs and contribute to a happier, more productive workforce," said Douglas County Commissioner and ACCG President Michael Mulcare. "Wellness programs greatly benefit employees, their families and the employer - everyone benefits."

The health promotion and wellness grants are awarded statewide to ACCG insurance members that are undertaking health and wellness initiatives to transform living and working communities into healthier environments.

The grants provide assistance in promoting worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.

County Manager Cindy Campbell said the $1,500 grant will fund an employee health fair in the coming weeks, prior to the winter cold and flu season.

"We are very grateful to receive this grant from ACCG. The grant will help fund flu shots for all full-time and part-time county employees," she said.

Additionally, employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback as part of the grant.

Wellness programs have a reliable track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale, according to ACCG, which offers wellness services to all members.