City of Chicago Wins $3 Million Grant for Wellness in the Workplace

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the City of Chicago won a $3 million grant supported by the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) after winning the Wellness Challenge against the City of San Antonio.

“Chicago’s city employees have taken a major step towards taking control of their health and well-being,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The Chicago Lives Healthy wellness program is a national model for creating a healthier workforce while controlling health care costs.”

In October 2012, Mayor Emanuel and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, with support from ABFHA, announced an innovative municipal wellness challenge. Employees from the City of Chicago and the City of San Antonio competed to see which city could improve their wellness profile more.

The City will use the $3 million grant to further expand the Chicago Lives Healthy program to better provide convenient locations for biometric screenings, increase the number of educational opportunities for people working to regulate their blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and provide enhanced computer access to employees.

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