Franklin County, as an employer, has formed a wellness committee. As part of the Fit Pix Worksite Project, facilitated by North Country Healthy Heart Network with funding from NYSDOH, county department champions came together to discuss ideas and concerns related to healthy lifestyles at work. The outcome of the meeting was an unanimous vote to form an employee wellness committee.
Per the wellness committee’s by-laws, the committee will encourage collaboration and enthusiasm among employees; reshape the agency’s culture to promote healthy living and a positive work environment; and provide resources and support for all employees to make lifestyle behavior changes. In addition, the employee wellness committee is charged with overseeing implementation of the county’s healthy meeting and healthy vending resolutions: resolutions passed last year to increase visibility and accessibility to healthier foods and beverages in the workplace.
This Committee is comprised of Franklin County employees from various departments and is currently chaired by Taylor Cassavaw. Other officers include Kaitlin Sexton as co-chair, Melissa Dame as Secretary, and Kristye Fountain as Treasurer. Their first official meeting as a committee was supported and attended by County Legislators and the County Manager (see picture). At the meeting, they enthusiastically discussed their first project – a Community Wellness Day to be held at the Malone Recreation Park late this summer.