Wellness Champions for 2017

A hearty congratulations to the four honorees of this year’s CommonHealth Wellness Champion Awards! The Wellness Champion Award recognizes an employee who models a healthy lifestyle, has made significant changes in health behaviors, motivates others to make health improvements, or has implemented a policy to help create a positive wellness culture for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each of this year’s winners has made their workplace better through their efforts and will be awarded with a certificate from the Governor, a CommonHealth Goodie Bag, and a feature of their stories on the CommonHealth Website.

Meet the Winners

Brenda Clarke

Brenda Clarke – Virginia Department of Social Services

“Being active contributes to my well-being (spiritually, financially, socially, emotionally, & physically). It’s a big part of my prescription for victory in life.”

Chuck Thomas

Chuck Thomas – Tidewater Community College

“Twenty-nine years of recreation, health, and fitness industry experience has given me the unique opportunity to live, work, and play with my life’s passion.””

Valarie A. Lee

Valerie A. Lee – Mountain Empire Community College

“Being active contributes to my well-being (spiritually, financially, socially, emotionally, & physically). It’s a big part of my prescription for victory in life.”

Connie Merriman

Connie Merriman – Old Dominion University

“I learned many years ago the connection between physical health and emotional health – you really can’t have one without the other. I believe the best `tool’ for maintaining good physical AND emotional health is walking.”

Who inspires your agency to get up and moving? Who motivates your office to live life to the fullest? Is there someone that advocates for a healthier lifestyle? Let us know about the Champions in your workplace that make it a healthier place to be.

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