East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable awards 11 schools

Susan EspirituOur Town Youth

East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable (ETWR) recently acknowledged 11 Knox County schools for demonstrating excellence in delivering worksite wellness.

ETWR recognition is a three-tier program that evaluates efforts a worksite has made to improve employee health, such as evidence-based built environment and policy changes.

To receive recognition, worksites must have a supportive wellness infrastructure and must meet a certain number of criteria related to disease monitoring and prevention, physical activity, nutrition, mental health, substance abuse and tobacco use and prevention.

Each school had to meet a minimum number of criteria to reach Bronze or Gold Status.

Bronze level schools demonstrated a commitment to prioritizing worksite wellness and a solid foundation for incorporating wellness into employee culture. Schools awarded Bronze level: West View, Beaumont Magnet, Maynard, Spring Hill, New Hopewell, Sarah Moore Greene, Belle Morris and Christenberry Elementary Schools plus Gresham Middle School.

Gold level schools exemplify excellence in worksite wellness, and they have implemented evidence-based strategies to achieve a culture of health in their workplace. Gold level awards were received by Dogwood and South Knox elementary schools.

For additional details on ETWR recognition and to view the criteria: ETWR Criteria

Platinum status is awarded to those who have maintained ETWR Gold status for at least one year, exemplify sustainability and prioritize quality improvement around employee wellness. Dogwood and South Knox Elementary could qualify for Platinum in the coming year.

This program is funded through a grant partnership with the state of Tennessee.

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