Colorado Springs Utilities Earns Seal of Approval for Pregnancy Friendly Work Environment
Colorado Springs, CO, June 14, 2013
The March of Dimes announced it has awarded its Healthy Babies Healthy Business Seal of Approval, to Colorado Springs Utilities. This is the first time this award has been presented in southern Colorado.
The Healthy Babies Healthy Business Seal of Approval recognizes commitment to providing a pregnancy- and family-friendly work environment. To be certified, companies must meet 14 standards (established by the National Business Group on Health) and document specifically what they provide within the workplace to lead to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. The application process includes providing information about health education offered to employees, work environment qualities, scheduling flexibility and health insurance coverage.
Examples of the standards include: encouraging early and continuing prenatal care; providing a workplace that is smoke-, drug- and toxin-free; offering reasonable physical accommodation for pregnant employees; and, allowing time off for health appointments.
The seal of approval is one facet of the March of Dimes Healthy Babies Healthy Business program. This workplace wellness initiative provides a range of resources for employees including health education and access to online support. The free program is available in both English and Spanish.
“We congratulate Colorado Springs Utilities for being the first organization in southern Colorado to earn this designation,” said Kathryn Marshall, State Director of the March of Dimes Colorado chapter. “They understand and are committed to the long-range benefits of providing a healthy work environment for their employees. We hope other businesses are inspired by Colorado Springs Utilities’ vision.”
Marshall added, “Helping moms have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies is just good sense. Two million working women will have babies this year, and infant and maternal care can be a bigger expenditure for employers after the fact than it needs to be.”
“We are proud to accept this award from the March of Dimes and thank them for recognizing the important role we all play in fostering healthy pregnancies and healthy babies for our employees and their families,” said Brenda Koskey of Colorado Springs Utilities Human Resources.
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Information on Colorado activities and programs may be found at marchofdimes.com/colorado.
About Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs Utilities is a municipal owned four-service utility company located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with approximately 1,800 employees. Committed to health and wellness in the workplace, Colorado Springs Utilities offers a wellness program designed to provide employees and their families with the tools and resources needed to help make positive lifestyle changes leading to a healthier state of well-being. Wellness in the work place is an important part of our overall health care cost management strategy.
Sara Walla, Director of Communications
March of Dimes Colorado Chapter