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Winchester presented with award for excellence in employee wellness

Elizabeth Berner, MIIA wellness representative, left, Michael Towne, human resources director; and Beata Malicka, human resources benefits coordinator with Winchester’s award at Town Hall. COURTESY PHOTO/MIIA

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The following was submitted by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association:

The town of Winchester was presented with a FY2023 Excellence in Employee Engagement Award from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s insurance provider.

The award was given in recognition of the town’s overall excellence in wellness best practices, leadership support, creativity, innovation, and having an active wellness committee. The award was presented during MIIA’s Annual Business Meeting held in Boston on January 20, 2024.

Since Winchester rejoined MIIA’s Health Benefits Trust in fiscal 2023, employees have enthusiastically participated in a range of MIIA’s Well Aware programs, including yoga, strength, stretch and balance, power conditioning, Zumba, Pilates, nutrition, and mindfulness classes. Additionally, the town offered an adult CPR class, sponsored a 10K-A-Day step challenge, and provided stress-relieving seated massages.

MIIA’s wellness team commended Winchester’s active wellness committee and employee Wellness Champion ) for creating robust and diverse wellness offerings that support employees in reaching their health and wellness goals.

“The town of Winchester continues to be engaged and committed to the health and well-being of their employees,” said Stanley Corcoran, executive vice president of MIIA. “Winchester provides an example for other towns and cities in the Commonwealth to follow as they look for practical ways to create a culture of health and wellness for employees.”

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

As a member-based organization, MIIA’s sole focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management and health insurance solutions to Massachusetts municipalities and related public entities.

MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts.

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