City of Gig Harbor Earns Well City Award

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Photo credit: Keith Lucey


Submitted by the City of Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor was recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust as a 2014 Well City Award recipient. They join a total of 96 cities and public entities that met the stringent Well City standards which demonstrate their commitment to employee health. All of these 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 Well City standards, they earn a 2% discount on their medical premiums.

“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.

“Healthy employees are happy employees.  Our wellness team and all the City employees really stepped up and earned this award.  It is a win, win situation for the City and community as a whole,” says Gig Harbor City Administrator Denny Richards.

A complete list of the cities that earned this year’s award can be found by clicking on the link here.

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.

For more information please contact: Julie McDowell, Health Promotion Supervisor, 360-753-4137.


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