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Finalists named for 2016 Wealth of Health awards

More than 20 local employers and individuals have been selected as finalists in the 2016 Wealth of Health Awards program, which recognizes efforts to encourage and support wellness among employees.

The Wealth of Health Awards honor companies and individuals whose programs, policies and initiatives foster a healthy workplace. Now in its 10th year, the program is presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the Rochester Business Journal.

Nominees were judged on the creativity of their initiatives, active participation, ability to effect measurable improvements, sustainability and program outcomes.

The winners will be announced at an awards luncheon scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. June 8 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Five categories of finalists are grouped by number of employees. In addition, the program includes the following new categories: Best Company Group Wellness Event; Health and Wellness Champion of the Year; and Rookie of the Year.

This year’s event also features a free pre-lunch seminar: “Building and Enhancing Your Wellness Program.” Slated for 11 to 11:45 a.m., it will feature Lisa McLaughlin, total rewards manager, ESL Federal Credit Union; Nikki Reynolds, wellness director, SMP Corp.; and Janette Westman, workplace wellness consultant, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Luncheon registration is not required to attend the free seminar.

This year’s Employer of the Year finalists are:

1-99
Butler/Till
KJT Group Inc.
Martino Flynn
SMP

100-499
Dixon Schwabl Inc.
Klein Steel Service Inc.
Lawley
Trillium Health Inc.

500-999
ABVI and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
ESL Federal Credit Union
Regional Transit Service

1,000-4,999
Monroe County
Rochester Institute of Technology
St. John’s

5,000+
CooperVision and Cooper Cos.
Rochester Regional Health
University of Rochester
Verizon Wireless Inc.

The finalists in the new categories are:

Best Company Group Wellness Event
CooperVision and Cooper Cos.
Monroe Community College
SMP
University of Rochester

Health and Wellness Champion of the Year
Brian Quinn, CooperVision fitness trainer, CooperVision and Cooper Cos.
Eric Rorapaugh, SMP founder and president
Kathy Roos, consumer lending specialist member of CNB Health Sense Wellness Committee, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
James Watters, senior vice president of finance and administration and treasurer, Rochester Institute of Technology

Rookie of the Year
Coordinated Care Services Inc.
Klein Steel Service Inc.
St. John’s
Trillium Health

Luncheon tickets are $60 a person or $600 for a table of 10. For more information, contact Stephanie Sulfaro at (585) 546-8303, ext. 102, or events@rbj.net.

4/29/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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