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Celebrating healthy efforts

The cost of health care in the United States is a huge topic of discussion as Republicans work to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Whatever your stance on how the government should regulate health care in America, it is inarguable that one way to help keep your health care costs in check is to take whatever preventative steps you can to remain healthy.

With that in mind, it was rewarding to celebrate so many Rochester-area companies that are making the health of their employees a priority at our 12th Wealth of Health awards ceremony last week. Working in an environment that encourages healthy action can play a big part in people leading healthier lifestyles, especially since so many people work in office settings where it is easy to be sedentary.

We received dozens of nominations for the Wealth of Health awards that we partner on with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. The programs that local companies are offering their employees are getting more impressive each year. Hearing about some of the services that are offered makes you feel good about how much local employers value the well-being of their workers.

These companies made it very difficult for our judges—all of whom have a background in health and wellness—to pick four finalists and a winner in each category.

And this is not just the same companies year after year. The Rookie of the Year category, which honors companies starting new wellness programs, was so impressive that we selected five finalists: The Bonadio Group, Christa Construction LLC, Complemar Partners Inc., EagleView Technologies Inc. and LaBella Associates.

While not everybody agrees on what America’s health care laws should be, hopefully we can all agree that the companies we honored last week are making a real difference in their employees’ lives and in making Rochester a healthier community.

We hope to see even more local organizations buying in and developing or improving their workplace wellness programs in the coming years.

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