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Minneapolis Regional Chamber celebrates mspWellness Champions

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October 16, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/15/2018) – The Minneapolis Regional Chamber recently celebrated the companies that completed the first year of the mspWellness program with an inaugural breakfast.

The program highlighted the changes these mspWellness champions have made to their workplaces creating better health and wellness opportunities for their employees, and to inspire others to do the same. This year, the champions recognized were The Big Know, Community Involvement Programs, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Damon Farber, East Side Neighborhood Services, Eastside Food Cooperative, FINNEGANS, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- Minnesota Chapter, The Lynhall, The Minneapolis Regional Chamber, Minnesota Gastroenterology, and Stonebridge Capital Advisors.

Each company created unique wellness plans with the help of the chamber and the Minneapolis Health Department. Examples of initiatives include providing healthier food options for employees at events and in the break room, creating policy surrounding tobacco use and new mother friendly policies, as well as offering educational sessions on how to improve health and overall wellness.

Guest speaker Nichole Melton Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer at Allina Health | Aetna, shared best practices for employee engagement in wellness initiatives, how to implement them as well as potential outcomes. Mitchell said that a wellness program is considered an employee health program when it is reasonably designed to promote health or prevent disease. Wellness programs help both employers and employees make changes that help not only improve overall health, but also manage health risks, prevent future health issues, and increase safety and productivity.

“In the inaugural year, a number of companies committed to evaluating their current workplace wellness initiatives, assessing improvement opportunities, and then working to make changes to help create a healthier workplace for everyone,” said Cheri Gengler, Director of Foundation with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. “Each company made great strides towards creating and implementing wellness strategies. We wanted to recognize the work they have done to improve the health and wellness of their employees.”

After the success of this year’s companies, the chamber, with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and the Minneapolis Health Department, would like to engage 10 to 15 employers that are motivated to build employee worksite wellness initiatives creating access to healthy choices in the workplace for a 2019 cohort. Worksite will not only have access to technical assistance, but will also have the benefit of a peer-to-peer network as part of the cohort. If interested, you can request to join the cohort here.

About mspWellness
mspWellness is a partnership between the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and the Minneapolis Health Department. mspWellness provides enrolled companies with tools, resources and technical-assistance to create healthier work environments. Visit to learn more.
Devan Finn, Communications Manager
(612) 370-9167