Posted: Wednesday, October 10th 2012 at 1:05pm
GHCC Health Smart Expo offers health info, honors health companies
Jonathan Evans gets a free blood profile from medical technician Lynne Dockery of the Longstreet Clinic
GAINESVILLE - The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) offered free health screenings to the public and honored area companies that focus on fitness during Wednesday's 6th Annual Health Smart Expo at the Georgia Mountains Center.
Participants had a chance to hear from Fox 5 Meteorologist Jeff Hill, who has suffered complications from a heart disorder, at an early morning breakfast. Then, they were able to take advantage of free health screenings and sharing of health information later in the day; that information was provided by more than 60 health-related businesses from the Gainesville-Hall County area.
As part of the VISION 2030 HealthSmart Community Challenge, the Chamber announced the 2012 Most Fit Company Awards at the HealthSmart Breakfast. Judging criteria for the contest included wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees.
The award is presented in three categories: Large companies (251+ employees), medium (51-250) and small (50 or less):
SMALL CATEGORY WINNER
Aqua-Terra Recycling & Treatment
Tammy Neal, CEO; Richard (Dickey) Watson, General Manager
Aqua-Terra Recycling and Treatment was established in 1997 to provide treatment and disposal services for petroleum contaminated water and soil. Aqua-Terra offers customers a treatment facility that has a perfect-permit compliance record with no Notice of Violations. Aqua-Terra expanded into a full service environmental consulting and engineering firm and provides demolition, waste management, industrial cleaning, UST/AST removals, vacuum truck services, drum removal and emergency response services with a team of professional engineers, chemists, geologists, industrial hygienists, environmental consultants and safety professionals, all of which are 40-hour OSHA trained. Aqua-Terra is committed to working with clients to achieve cost effective results and provide quality environmental and waste management services. The company in Flowery Branch has only five full time employees: Tammy Neal, CEO, attends the gym four days per week and Dickey Watson, General Manager, is a tri-athlete and marathoner. They offer yearly physicals, and depending on the project, employees and management staff are screened and given a physical after certain projects.
MEDIUM CATEGORY WINNER
Buddy Honea, Regional Facility Manager; Lee Setzer, Operations Manager; Jane Cowart, HR Supervisor; Lea Tavani, HR Manager
LARGE CATEGORY WINNER
Baldor Electric Company
Mike Holman, Plant Manager; Mitch Rylee, Safety Coordinator; Tom Linneweber, Human Resource Manager
Baldor's Gainesville plant designs and manufactures AC and DC industrial variable and fixed speed electric motors. Customer application are worldwide in mining, petroleum, transportation, naval, nuclear and specialty designs. Custom industrial electric motors have been the Gainesville plant specialty since opening in 1977. The plant employs 425 teammates and achieved a safety milestone in September 2012 of 5.2 million hours worked without any lost time injury. Baldor wellness program offers employees a mixture of incentives including cash, token, premium discounts for program participation. The company's initiative starts with a free health screening for employees and their spouses. Points are earned as employees complete challenges, such as online health webinars, online courses, and questionnaires on topics such as "Focusing on Your Heart, Tackling Stress, and Breaking Free from Tobacco". All employees have access to a health coach to assist in leading to a healthier lifestyle. The program also includes points for preventive care with dental care, routine physical and vision screening. Baldor's Life Program provides education, encouragement and tools to employees and their spouses that improve the quality of life at work and home and manages the cost of healthcare for employees and the company. Baldor is a Certified Drug-Free Workplace through the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation.
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