West Virginia's Well City USA
Well City USA is an
initiative that evolved out of the Well Workplace Awards. Similar in
approach, the objective of Well City USA is to engage entire business
communities in building healthy workforces, according to the Wellness
Council of West Virginia (WCWV.)
The primary requirement for
achieving Well City USA is that 20 percent of a community's working
population must be employed by either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum
designated Well Workplace Award winning companies. In October 2001, the
Kanawha Valley became the seventh community in the nation to achieve
the elite Well City USA status.
Currently, the WCWV has three
Well City USA initiatives underway. The Kanawha Valley initiative is
pursuing a Silver Well City USA designation.
The Tri-County Well Cities
Initiative includes Monongalia, Marion and Harrison Counties. The
Advantage Valley Well Cities Initiative encompasses eight counties in
three states: WV, Ohio and Kentucky. It includes the two Metropolitan
Statistical Areas (MSA) of Charleston, Huntington, Ironton and Ashland.
Established in West Virginia
in 1991, the Well Workplace Awards initiative has become an
international recognition program of the WELCOA, according to the WCWV.
Also, For the last 2 years,
the WCWV has set the standard nationally in the number of successful
Well Workplace applications and set out to continue the effort in 2005.
Five of its current WWP
companies are due for renewals. Several others were planning to
"upgrade" their certifications from Bronze to Silver or from Silver to
Gold. Additionally, there are many worthy programs out there that were
expected to seek their first designation as a Well Workplace, the WCWV
reported. The Council's 2005 goal was to have 5 companies renew their
certifications and at least 12 companies achieve first-time
certifications or up-grade their existing certification.
For more information visit, http://www.wcwv.org