Working Well Award

Creating a Community that Supports and Encourages Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

What are the Worksite Wellness Promising Practices Awards?

We know that your worksite strives to create a culture of wellness for employees! And the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita’s Working Well Award Committee wants to recognize your efforts! The 14th annual Working Well Conference on August 28 and the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita’s goal is to continue its tradition of recognizing employers who are building a healthier, more productive worksite. This year the Promising Practices Awards application is easier to complete and focuses on policy, programs and place.

Application Process

The deadline to submit applications in 2018 was June 18th. Thank you for your interest.

Award Highlights

The Working Well Award is sponsored by the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita and has been established locally since 2005. This community award is a local grassroots award that does not require purchase of products or advertising. The winner is selected by local professionals.

Award Categories

  • Policy
  • Program
  • Place (environment)

Categories: Applicants are eligible to apply for multiple categories but may only win one as selected by the judging committee.
• Policy – A policy is a set of written wellness principles, rules, and guidelines formulated and adopted by an organization to assist employees in maintaining or achieving wellness goals. Policies are designed to influence staff, guide decisions and actions. (Examples include tobacco free grounds policy, wellness committee policy, food and beverage policy, employee assistance policy, etc.)
• Program – An employee wellness program is an effective method to promote health and wellness among staff members. Programs will encourage awareness of health related issues, improve morale, and often times reduce cost of healthcare. (Examples include lunch & learn programs, walking programs, health challenges, health competitions, support groups, etc.)
• Place (Environment) – Environmental change is a way of modifying the workplace to make healthy choices practical and available to all employees and community members. By changing and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made. (Example include mapping out a walking trail, having a garden or quiet room on site, having a bike rack and/or shower facilities available for commuters, etc.)

Byron G. Stout IV Spotlight on Wellness Award

Meritrust is proud to honor the memory of its champion of wellness, Byron Stout, with the Byron G. Stout IV Spotlight on Wellness Award. Nominations for this award are welcome now through June 18, 2018. Mr. Stout passed away in June 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

About the Award

Mr. Stout’s passion for wellness, concern for others and the positive example he displayed in his life inspired Team Meritrust and those in our community. As a leader of Meritrust’s corporate culture, he was committed to the pillars of wellness (physical, emotional, financial, community) and encouraged others to live balanced, happy lives. Mr. Stout was instrumental in envisioning and creating a comprehensive wellness program for the employees of Meritrust.

“Byron’s passion for wellness and improving lives continues to make an impact on the world around us,” James Nastars, Meritrust President/CEO, says. “We’re proud of the opportunity to honor him through the Spotlight on Wellness Award while recognizing those in our community who promote holistic wellness.”

This award will recognize one individual annually who is making changes that inspire all areas of wellness in the workplace and in the community.

NEW this year: The winner of this year’s Byron G. Stout IV Spotlight on Wellness Award will receive $1,000 courtesy of Meritrust to be donated to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice that supports one of the pillars of wellness in our community.

More information is available here, nominations were due on June 18th.

For more information regarding this award, please contact Shanda Barnes at 316.651.5198.

Past Working Well Winners

2018 Policy: Greater Wichita YMCA, Place: Celebrity Cruises, Program: City of Wichita
2017 Policy: City of Derby, Place: Professional Engineering Consultants, Program: Wichita Public Schools
2016 South Central Kansas Education Service Center, City of Derby, Textron Aviation
2015 Via Christi Health, Royal Caribbean, Derby Recreation Commission
2014 Bombardier Learjet, Hightouch Technologies, Vermillion, Inc.
2013 Spirit Aerosystems, Meritrust Credit Union, South Central Education Service Center
2012 Cessna Aircraft Company, IMA of Kansas, ICM
2011 Cessna Aircraft Company, IMA of Kansas, Meritrust Credit Union
2010 Bombardier Learjet, City of Derby, Start Thinking
2009 Westar Energy, Greteman Group, Royal Caribbean Cruises
2008 NORDAM, High Touch, Breakthrough Club of Sedgwick County
2007 Frontier Oil Refining Company, Preferred Health Systems, Spirit
2006 Spirit
2005 Love Box Company