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ETWR Gold Application 2019


Welcome to the East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable (ETWR) Gold application. Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to complete this application.

ETWR is a member-based collaboration of area professionals who strive to create cultures of wellness at their worksites through the promotion of professional development, evidence-based wellness and networking. Our goal is to promote physical, mental, emotional, financial and spiritual wellness among East Tennessee employers and their employees. There is no fee to join the organization. If you are not already a member, and wish to join, click here.

ETWR Gold is a program to recognize worksites that exemplify excellence in worksite wellness. It takes a systems approach to worksite wellness by targeting evidence-based built environment and policy changes. The aim is to create cultures of health rather than to focus on traditional wellness programming. To achieve ETWR Gold status, worksites must demonstrate a supportive wellness infrastructure and must meet a certain number of criteria related to disease monitoring and prevention, physical activity, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse and tobacco use and prevention. The online application was developed and adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Worksite Health ScoreCard. The application contains six scored items related to infrastructure, four scored items related to disease monitoring and prevention, six scored items related to physical activity, nine scored items related to nutrition, seven scored items related to mental health and substance abuse and five scored items related to tobacco use. Worksites awarded the ETWR Gold status will be given a certificate, decals and access to the logo.

This application will also allow you to communicate areas where your worksite could use assistance/funding/resources from the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) in order to implement new wellness initiatives or improve upon existing initiatives. For example, if you would like to have an employee garden, but do not have the resources to purchase gardening supplies, you can request resources from KCHD to support this initiative. Examples of resources being provided are bike racks, fitness equipment for onsite fitness centers, kitchen equipment for preparing healthy foods, supplies and furniture for lactation rooms, supplies for worksite gardens, scales and blood pressure cuffs for health monitoring, walking route and smoke-free workplace signage and supervisor trainings. KCHD can also provide technical assistance and example worksite policies for improving upon or implementing new wellness initiatives. 

The information collected in this application will not be made public. However, ETWR Gold worksites will gain publicity through the ETWR website, ETWR Facebook page and through media releases, unless you select that you wish for your worksite to be unlisted. The application should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applications will be scored based on a predetermined scoring protocol to determine whether or not your worksite is eligible for the ETWR Gold certification. You will be notified of award status and eligibility for resources from KCHD no later than Friday, April 12, 2019. Should your worksite not achieve the certification or desired resources at this time, you will have the opportunity to reapply in January 2020. Please answer questions completely and honestly so that we can appropriately award ETWR Gold status and provide assistance, where needed. Applications will be due Friday, February 22, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. EST. Worksites who apply by the early deadline February 8, 2019, will be entered to win a prize!