LINDEN—The Linden Board of Education has announced a new initiative to help improve the health and quality of life of its employees. Starting in 2010, the Board of Education will implement a wellness program incorporating health education, expert medical advice, and discount programs for fitness tools, available to all of its employees.
“We are committed to improving the health of our employees,” said Bryan Russell, president of the Linden Board of Education. “We understand that the decision to participate is ultimately up to each employee, but we believe the support of a wellness program may make it easier for some employees to improve their lifestyles.”
The Linden Board of Education believes that supporting and encouraging its employees in taking positive steps to improving their long-term health and wellness, will make it possible to offer a more cost effective benefit plan to employees.
“While simultaneously improving the quality of life for our employees, we are proactively saving our taxpayers money by tackling our largest discretionary expense healthcare – head on,” Russell said. “The long-term potential savings as a result of improved health … are staggering and cannot be ignored.”
Working as the Board of Education’s health benefits advisor, insurance broker Business & Governmental Insurance Agency (BGIA) has developed the wellness program for no additional cost to either the board or its employees. The program involves an interactive health tracking website, educational outreach, customized wellness plan, regular health fairs, and access to nutritionists, physicians and local gyms.
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