GE has awarded the Charlotte Chamber Healthy Charlotte Council $25,000 in support of its development of an employer toolkit designed to promote a culture of health and well-being among Charlotte-area employees and residents. Healthy Charlotte is among nine programs around the country awarded funding as part of the inaugural year of the innovative GE HealthyCities Leadership Academy. See also the Healthy Charlotte Council Toolkit, Healthy Charlotte Council webpage, and Healthy Charlotte main page.
Charlotte One of Nine Winning Communities Nationwide
(OSSINING, NEW YORK – October 11, 2016) – GE has awarded the Charlotte Chamber Healthy Charlotte Council $25,000 in support of its development of an employer toolkit designed to promote a culture of health and well-being among Charlotte-area employees and residents. Healthy Charlotte is among nine programs around the country awarded funding as part of the inaugural year of the innovative GE HealthyCities Leadership Academy.
“The Charlotte Chamber is incredibly excited to be among only nine cities in the U.S. to be supported by the GE HealthyCities Leadership Academy,” said Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber. “The recognition by GE of our Healthy Charlotte initiative is a true testament to the energy and involvement of the Healthy Charlotte Council in the community and to the importance of their work and passion in making Charlotte a better place for all of our residents!”
The Charlotte Chamber created the Healthy Charlotte initiative to help Charlotte become one the healthiest cities in the country. Through its outreach programs, the council works to promote healthy lifestyles among the nearly 3,000 chamber member organizations that employ approximately 300,000 people representing a cross-section of the community – from large and small commercial business to local government, nonprofit organizations and higher education.
“The Healthy Charlotte Council recognizes that community health and wellness is a social determinant that must be addressed in tandem across the spectrum of all social determinant factors,” said Dr. Katie Kaney, co-chair of the Healthy Charlotte Council and senior vice president at Carolinas HealthCare System. “By promoting healthy lifestyles in thousands of workplaces across the city, we can help attract and retain talent locally and ultimately influence quality of life for all of Charlotte.”
“The health status of our workforce today and in the future depends heavily on whether employers actively engage their teams in meaningful health and wellness programs,” said Amy Vance, co-chair of the Healthy Charlotte Council and senior vice president of population health and value-based care at Novant Health. “Now is the time to galvanize our workforce to become healthier, and through Healthy Charlotte, together we are able to demonstrate our collective commitment to promoting good health in our community.”
As part of the program, representatives from chamber member companies will participate in a year-long learning collaborative that formally kicked off today with a two-day, in-person workshop at GE’s Global Leadership Institute in Crotonville, New York. The group included representatives from Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare System, Bissell, ReadyFitness, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Pfizer and Forge Communications.
Building on the broad diversity of the greater Charlotte area and the depth of reach of the Charlotte Chamber throughout the community, the GE HealthyCities Leadership Academy funding will be used to build active awareness among chamber members that a healthy workforce, engaged in wellness, is a more productive workforce that will lead to a healthier population and to improved economic vitality for the region. The Healthy Charlotte Employer Toolkit will promote that culture of well-being through social and traditional channels, community events and cross-community connections.
To download the toolkit, go to charlottechamber.com/employertoolkit.
For more information about the GE Leadership Academy Open Innovation Challenge, visit healthycitiesleadership.com.