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Metro Public Health Department Earns Gold and Silver in the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge.

4/26/2013

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The Metro Public Health Department received gold and silver medals for their participation in the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge.  MPHD received a gold medal for its efforts on creating a healthy workplace and a silver medal for its green and sustainability practices.

MPHD takes pride in being a healthy workplace and has adopted policies and implemented programs that help make the healthy choice, the easy choice for employees.  MPHD has policies that support healthy food and beverages in the workplace, provide accommodations for breastfeeding mothers, and encourage employees to be physically active during the workday.  MPHD’s Wise Moves program provides employees information about healthy lifestyles while supporting physical activity throughout the workday.  MPHD is also committed to being a sustainable and green workplace.  MPHD actively promotes recycling and incentivizes carpooling, active transit and mass transit use. MPHD is currently constructing a new building for its operations that will be a LEED certified building.

The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge, launched last spring, is a three-tiered challenge to local organizations to encourage them to make their workplaces and Nashville an even more livable city by being healthy, green and involved in the community.  Participating businesses complete three, separate online scorecards with a series of questions related to workplace policies and practices in the areas of health, sustainability and volunteerism.  Organizations can achieve bronze, silver or gold status with their answers and have the ability to continuously update and improve their scores throughout the challenge.

Overall, 170 workplaces, including 18 Metro departments, participated in the first year of the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge.  On April 5, 2013, Mayor Dean announced there will be a second year to this challenge.  In year two, new businesses are encouraged to join the challenge and Platinum criteria has been added for those businesses already achieving gold status.  For more information or to register your place of business in the challenge, visit www.mayorsworkplacechallenge.com or call Laurel Creech at 615-862-6000.