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The Sonoma County Healthy Business Recognition Program

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Supporting & Recognizing Excellence in Worksite Wellness

The Sonoma County iWORKwell Healthy Business Recognition Program formally recognizes employers who are demonstrating a solid commitment to employee health and well being.  If you are serious about employee wellness, whether you have 2 employees or 2,000, and if you have implemented wellness initiatives at your worksite, we encourage you to complete the application OR keep reading to learn more about what it takes to get recognized:

For small businesses (under 50 employees): Checklist (PDF: 532 kB)
For medium to large business (50+ employees): Checklist (PDF: 555 kB)

The recognition program is based on national and local wellness standards and best practices.  It focuses on four major areas of employee wellness & four areas of best practice.  For more information see our checklists above. 

Employee Wellness

  • Physical Activity
  • Healthy Eating
  • Stress Management
  • Disease Prevention

Best Practices

  • Top-Management Support
  • Delegating Responsibility for Wellness
  • Wellness Planning
  • Incentives for Participation


What Recognized Employers Receive

  • Official listing as a 2013 Sonoma County Healthy Business on the iWORKwell webpage
  • Announcement that your organization has joined the ranks of 2013 recognized employers on Economic Development Board home page and Facebook page
  • Your company featured in a North Bay Business Journal online advertisement as a newly-recognized Sonoma County Healthy Business
  • A certificate from Sonoma County honoring you as an award-winning healthy business
  • iWORKwell window decals
  • Formal presentation of award at the annual iWORKwell Symposium in April, 2014

Let Employees, Customers, and Clients Know You Are Committed to Excellence

Employees know that healthy businesses are the best places to work. The Sonoma County iWORKwell Healthy Business Recognition signals to potential employees that your business has met the highest standards of wellness programming. It also signals to clients and customers that you are committed to to quality and service. They know a healthy workforce is an effective workforce.

Three Levels of Recognition

In order to support employers in their efforts and to encourage continuous improvement and use of best practices, we have created three levels of recognition. 


For those just starting out, the bronze level recognizes employers who in the last 12 months have engaged in meaningful efforts to support employee health and well being and exploring best practices.


The silver award is reserved for employers who are laying the groundwork for sustainable programs by beginning to put many best practices in place.


This designation is for programs that are fully implementing best practices and on a sustainable path to employee health and well being.

Getting Recognized—Step by Step

Step One
Complete and submit application.  It is important that the application be filled out by someone who is familiar with your wellness efforts. We encourage you to take the time to research any questions you may not know the answer to.

Step Two
We score your application and assign a rating: Bronze, Silver, or Gold.  You receive a scorecard (under 50 employees (PDF: 77 kB) OR 50+ employees (PDF: 204 kB) ) with your rating and specific suggestions for what it would take to get recognized at a higher level OR, If you are not yet eligible, how to become eligible.  

Step Three
If you are interested, we schedule a phone consultation to discuss your application and results. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that you get fully recognized for all of your efforts and to provide resources and support in helping you get to a higher level.

Step Four
You receive your recognition benefits (detailed above).

Contact us!

If you have any questions or would like more information call or email Paula Stacey, Healthy Business Program Coordinator at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board
(707) 565.6402

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