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Posted March 7, 2013

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APS Named One of State's Healthiest Employers

The district has been recognized by Albuquerque Business First for its workplace wellness efforts.

Albuquerque Public Schools has been named one of New Mexico's healthiest employers by Albuquerque Business First. The district will be recognized at an awards luncheon on March 21 and in a special publication of the weekly newspaper.

APS received the recognition because of its workplace wellness efforts. According to Albuquerque Business First, the employers that are being honored recognize the importance of helping employees live healthy lifestyles and work at creating a workplace that fosters employee wellness.

Albuquerque Business First is honoring 18 companies that have created healthy workplaces. Other honorees in the district's category of very large companies with 1,500 or more employees include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, the city of Albuquerque, Lovelace Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and United Healthcare.

APS implemented its Employee Wellness Incentive Program three years ago and added a financial incentive to complete biometric health screenings – employees and spouses/domestic partners who completed the screenings in a timely fashion wouldn’t see their health insurance premiums increase.

Two years ago, employees were once again incentivized to complete an online personal health profile consisting of a series of questions about their health and wellness on such topics as nutrition, tobacco use, personal safety, physical activity, alcohol use, stress and health history.

This year, employees were asked to complete both the biometric health screenings and the personal health profile. Screenings were held at all 140 school sites as well as administrative offices. The combination of financial incentive and convenience resulted in a 90 percent completion rate, earning APS best of class status by WellCall, Inc., the national wellness vendor providing the screenings for the district.

The biometric screenings and the personal health profiles allowed APS to obtain the necessary aggregate data to create a strategic wellness plan to execute wellness programs and opportunities to create behavior change for improved health outcome.

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