Equinox Terrace receives award

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MANCHESTER CENTER >> Equinox Terrace Assisted Living announced that they recently received the 2014 "Excellence in Worksite Wellness" award from Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

The award recognized the community's employee wellness initiatives, which focus on the whole person by addressing staff members' physical, spiritual and social needs. The community's efforts have motivated employees and helped them to accomplish their wellness goals.

Equinox Terrace is honored to be recognized for its efforts in promoting healthy lifestyles among its staff members after just one year of involvement in the program. The prestigious Governor's Worksite Wellness Award is designed to highlight and recognize what employers are doing to promote the physical and mental health and wellness of their employees. To show their commitment to this award, each applicant must provide evidence that they're creating a successful, healthy working environment for their employees, and just a portion of those who apply are selected for this honor.

"Throughout the last year we have worked hard to acknowledge our employees' needs as a whole and to encourage them to take as much pride in themselves as they do in their jobs," said Equinox Terrace Life Enrichment Director Jenn Mulcock. "On a daily basis we meet the needs of our residents in various social, mental and physical ways, but we can often neglect our personal well-being. This program appealed to our organization because it encourages us to create an environment that empowers and rewards healthy behaviors."

Through much of 2014, the staff at Equinox Terrace developed a plan and budget to create a workplace culture of wellness. They incorporated employee appreciation and rewarded positive examples of teamwork among employees. They also created a walking club, provided healthy food options, such as smoothies, and offered free massages and workout classes on-site for employees to enjoy outside of work.

To build on what they accomplished in 2014, Equinox is expanding the wellness initiative this year. They are incorporating the popular Couch-to-5K running plan and mobile app in the programming for their employees, and they are training together to build staff camaraderie and motivate one another. The team is also working to increase healthy food options in the community, as well as to complete a staff-contributed healthy lifestyle cookbook to share their favorite nutritious, tasty recipes with others.

"As we've increased wellness programs for our employees, we've seen an improvement in employee morale overall," said Equinox Terrace Executive Director Ann Bouza. "We've found that when the employees are encouraged to take better care of themselves, they're motivated to also give our residents the best care options available and share their healthy lifestyle choices with others."

About Equinox Terrace Assisted Living

Equinox Terrace is an assisted living community located in Manchester. It is situated in a meadow surrounded by the Green Mountains, just a short distance to the center of this historic town. Equinox Terrace recently received a The Best of the Best Award for Best Senior Living Center by the readers of the Battenkill Business Journal. For more information, visit Equinox Terrace's website at www.terracecommunities.com.


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