Madison County was among 40 county governments to receive a wellness grant from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
For the past eight years, ACCG has offered wellness grants to encourage counties participating in the ACCG Group Health Benefits Program to further health and wellness initiatives. This year ACCG has awarded $100,000 in grants to 40 jurisdictions.
Jurisdictions selected to receive a grant agree to designate a health promotion leader within the jurisdiction, attend one educational class relating to wellness, distribute a memo to all employees announcing the program, offer a Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) to employees and implement additional health promotional activities. The grant money may be used to implement a number of wellness activities including health fairs, incentives for weight loss or smoking cessation, health program participation or the purchase of exercise equipment.
“By providing health fairs and other screenings in the workplace, counties can help employees identify health concerns,” said ACCG Insurance Programs Director David Paulk. “This can lead to an improved quality of life for the individual and also reduce future healthcare costs.”