For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Ferndale is recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) for their commitment to employee health. The WellCity Award is given to cities that meet the AWC’s stringent WellCity standards that include investing in employee health through training, conducting annual wellness evaluations and sponsoring programs that promote healthy lifestyles.
Because of this recognition, the city receives a two percent discount on their medical premiums, that will be applied to the 2018 premiums for active employees, spouses and dependents. “Jurisdictions with robust health promotion programs also benefit from improved employee health and report fewer employee sick days, higher morale and better retention,” said Beverly Lakey, AWC Employee Benefit Trust Program Manager.
City Clerk Susan Duncan spearheaded these efforts for the City, in collaboration with the City’s Wellness Committee. “This helps save the city money and help us live better, healthier lives. We’re extremely proud to receive this award for the fourth year running.” said Duncan.