The 2016 Lancaster County Health Summit, held May 12, brought together community leaders to focus on substance abuse and its impact on the workplace and our community.

Presented in partnership by the Business Group on Health and the LiveWell Lancaster County Coalition, the event was designed to provide new insight and spark discussion on ways to effectively address the problem.  LG Health advisors served on the planning committee for the health summit.  Gary Tennis, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs for the state of Pennsylvania, discussed the need for treatment and not just punishment of people struggling with addiction.  Keynote speaker Kevin Sabet served in the Obama administration as the Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Sabet’s presentation focused on the potential hazards of marijuana legalization, including aggressive marketing by companies and the potential for children and adolescents to access the drug.

Lighten Up Lancaster County also presented the 2016 Well Workplace Awards.  Since 2010, the Well Workplace Awards have highlighted companies that contribute to the health of the community by implementing workplace wellness programs.  This year, a total of 35 local businesses received a bronze, silver, gold or platinum designation based on the score they received on the CDC Worksite Health Scorecard.  Dutchland Inc. and Masonic Village received special Platinum Awards as the small and large business with the highest scores this year.  The Innovation Award was presented to Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13 for new and creative ways to engage employees in wellness initiatives.  The Impact Award, new for 2016, was given to Moravian Manor for outstanding measurable results from its wellness program.

To view all of the 2016 well workplaces, please click here.

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