Wellness coalition honors Alaskan Brewing Co.

Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored Alaskan Brewing Co. with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for February. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Courtesy Of The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition
Courtesy Of The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition

Alaskan Brewing planned to apply for a Well Workplace grant through the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska Program, but withdrew its application when upper management decided to fully fund the program itself. In December 2007, Alaskan Brewing won its fourth straight Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award for its employee safety and health programs. SHARP Awards are given by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workplace Development as part of a federal program.

"We are very fortunate to have the full support of our management team in our commitment to our employees' well-being," Alaskan Brewing Wellness Committee Chairwoman Joy Will said.

The Alaskan Brewing Wellness Committee is introducing several new programs to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Some of this year's employee wellness activities at Alaskan Brewing include:

• Offering on site tai chi and yoga classes for employees starting in March;

• Starting a walking program this spring;

• Hosting a "Wellness Saturday" event for crew and family every other month (February's event is a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing);

• Holding nutrition and cooking classes, in addition to several sponsored lunches and snack events; and

• Hosting an event where employees can get their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, while learning about the associated health implications.

"Our wellness program slogan is 'Brewing Up Good Health - Let's Do It!'," Will said. "As a company, we enjoy our work and we want our employees to enjoy obtaining a healthy lifestyle as well. We encourage all of our employees to join the Employee Committee at our activities and to have fun making healthy changes in their lives."

The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness and the group is open to all Juneau workplaces interested in designing and implementing effective employee wellness plans. The coalition was created as a follow-up to the Working Well in Alaska employee wellness training seminar held in October in Juneau, and is co-sponsored by the SEARHC and the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program. Participants in the coalition may be able to apply for small grants from the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program to help promote employee wellness within their organizations.

The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition hosts its next monthly brown-bag lunch meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Conference Room B of the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, 3245 Hospital Drive. Conference Room B is downstairs in the main clinic building. For more information on the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition, contact Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska Program Schools and Workplace coordinator Bradelle Padon at 364-4404.

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