Health network to offer grants for Oswego County workplace wellness initiatives

FULTON, NYРThe Rural County Health Network in partnership with Oswego County Opportunities, announced this week they will be offering six $1000 grants to businesses across the county interested in creating worksite wellness programs for their  employees.

The grants are meant to improve the health of Oswego County residents through programs such as smoking cessation, diabetes prevention and resources for people suffering from alcoholism.

An annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released with New York State averages in health concerns; showing which counties struggled the most. These reports each year show Oswego County being among the worst rates of obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as smokers across the State.

A representative for the Rural County Health Network, Brian Coleman, noted how there are improvements to be made regarding these health statistics.

“Every year, the foundation comes out with their annual health rankings, and we know Oswego County has faced some challenges in those rankings” said Coleman. “While we’ve made progress, there is still more work to be done.”

If chosen, local businesses will be able to provide their employees with the necessary tools to reverse these unhealthy habits. Projects are required to last one year with frequent updates. Any business in Oswego County is eligible to apply, and must do so by May 1st.

Those interested may apply here or contact Coleman via his work phone at (315) 592-0827.