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City of Auburn Earns WellCity Award for Second Straight Year

AWC WellCity badgeThe City of Auburn was recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust as a 2014 WellCity Award recipient. Auburn  joins a total of 96 cities and public entities that met the stringent WellCity standards which demonstrate a commitment to employee health.

All of the cities are part of AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust, a health insurance pool that provides coverage to 14,000 city employees across the state. When an employer meets the WellCity standards, they earn a 2% discount on medical premiums.

“We believe in wellness for our employees because people do their best work when they feel good in their workplace,” declared Mayor Nancy Backus. “The added benefit of the 2% discount – which translates to an approximate savings of $86,000 is a tribute to our employees and their dedication to their workplace wellness and ultimately the citizens we serve!”

Some of the wellness activities that contributed to the earning the WellCity distinction in Auburn included: Weight Watchers at Work; lunchtime book club; increased participation in employee giving programs and Relay for Life; lunch and learn lectures on wellness topics such as budgeting, reducing work place stress and personal safety; and increased employee recognition for above-and-beyond performance. 

“Employers that promote wellness empower their employees to become healthier. These employees address health concerns earlier and have less costly medical claims. Both the city and the community benefit from more productive employees, it’s a win for everyone.” Said Mike McCarty, AWC CEO.

A complete list of the cities that earned this year’s award can be found at awcnet.org/wellcityawardslinks to external site.

About AWC
Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that provides legislative representation, educational training, technical assistance, municipal liability insurance, health insurance and other services to Washington's cities and towns.