Homewood City Schools was named a silver winner in the 2011-2012 School Employee Wellness Awards Program sponsored by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE).
Homewood was one of nine school districts to be recognized for their excellence in implementing school employee wellness programs that promote employee health, lead to improved workforce productivity, and reduced costs of employee absenteeism and healthcare.
School employee health is one area that DHPE has focused its work on with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, DHPE implemented an awards program to recognize schools/districts that have implemented school employee wellness programs.
As a silver winner, HCS will receive a $500 grant to use for the school employee wellness program, The Movement. The Movement is designed to change the way students and staff members think about health and wellness. Its purpose is to create a culture change in an effort to better address the challenges of obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, stress, cardiovascular disease, and other related illnesses.
With this award, HCS will be featured on DHPE’s school employee wellness web site and will be invited to national conferences to make presentations about their successful School Employee Wellness program.