Food Bank of CNY Selected Community Champion for Worksite Wellness

OSWEGO, NY – Recognizing Oswego County has named Food Bank of Central New York as April’s Community Champion for its extensive programming to promote health and wellness of its employees.

Food Bank of Central New York employees step out for some exercise and fresh air as part of their Worksite Wellness program.
Food Bank of Central New York employees step out for some exercise and fresh air as part of their Worksite Wellness program.

Recognizing Oswego County focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community.

Each month ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

A theme is selected each month and nominations for Community Champions are solicited.

ROC co-chair Brandon Morey discussed the influence our workplaces have on our health.

“Considering the large amount of time that people spend at their jobs, employers can have a significant impact on their employees’ health.  Food Bank of Central New York is definitely leading the way at making employee health and wellness a priority,” he said.

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger.

In Oswego County, the Food Bank partners with 25 agencies to distribute nutritious food and provide education and outreach programs.

During its last fiscal year, it distributed 1,064,548 pounds of food in Oswego County.

In addition to this wonderful work, the Food Bank has developed a wellness program to reinforce its commitment to employee health.

Each Food Bank employee is allowed 30 minutes of each work day, in addition to lunch, to be physically active as part of the employee wellness program.

A wellness room with workout equipment is available throughout the day and during the warmer months, staff are encouraged to walk outdoors.

Healthy snacks are purchased weekly and are made available in the staff kitchen and periodically presentations will be offered to staff conducted by Food Bank-registered dietitians, focusing on various wellness topics.

Director of Philanthropy and Development Lynn Hy noted the connection between the mission of the Food Bank and their attention on employee wellness.

“Our agency focuses on health and wellness in the community and that has translated into a similar focus for staff as well,” Hy said. “Though we are continually updating our worksite wellness activities, this program has been going on for many years.”

Morey pointed out that there are many ways employers can improve the health and wellness of their employees and many resources and best practices out there.

The National Healthy Worksite Program website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a great place to start.

For May, Recognizing Oswego County is seeking nominations in the area of Art Appreciation.

Nominations are due by May 12.

The nomination form is available on the “Recognizing Oswego County-ROC” Facebook page or by contacting [email protected]

ROC members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.

New members are welcome.

Monthly meetings are held from 8 – 9:15 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, 90 E. Bridge St.