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January 23, 2014

Mental health agency to receive state recognition

Green Country Behavioral Health Services has received notice of its selection as a Certified Healthy Business, a media release states.  

The Oklahoma State Department of Health recognized GCBHS as a business making a positive impact on the health of its employees and announced that the GCBHS contribution of creating a healthy work environment is important to the future of Oklahoma.

An awards luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 13, and GCBHS will receive top honors with the “Excellence” certification – the highest level of Healthy Business certification possible for an employer.

GCBHS Chief Executive Officer Joy Sloan said that this certification follows months of establishing and maintaining group services for GCBHS clients who want to work on their physical health.

“Upon learning of innovative best practice options for helping people we serve, we decided we should also include the other group of people we care about, and that is our staff,” Sloan said.  

She credited Doug Walton of Muskogee’s Food and Fitness Initiative and GCBHS Wellness Committee members for presenting options and ideas for health and wellness policies and activities. She also gave credit to the GCBHS Board of Directors for their support and encouragement of the agency’s goal of becoming a Certified Healthy Business.

As part of the agency wellness program, GCBHS sponsors health challenges and competitions for its staff.

“This will continue to help us have healthier, more active and better engaged staff to serve our clients and our community,” Sloan said.

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