March of Dimes Awards Ent Healthy Babies Healthy Business Seal of Approval
Ent Federal Credit Union becomes the second organization in southern Colorado to receive designationColorado Springs, CO, June 17, 2014
Pictured from left: March of Dimes: Moyra Hower, Sara Walla, Scott Matthews; Ent Federal Credit Union: Sara Holland, Sharie Flanagan, Bob Walla and Barbara Winter
The March of Dimes today announced it has awarded its Healthy Babies Healthy Business Seal of Approval to Ent Federal Credit Union. This is the second 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 Ent for earning this designation,” said Kathryn Marshall, State Director of the March of Dimes Colorado/Wyoming 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 Ent’s 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 strive to be an employer of choice in Colorado by offering a workplace and work culture that attracts and retains superior employees. At Ent, this includes fostering a family-friendly and pregnancy-friendly workplace,” said Barbara Winter, Ent’s executive vice president of organizational resources. “We are pleased to accept this award from the March of Dimes and thank them for recognizing Ent’s efforts to support our employees in having healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.”
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.org/colorado.
About Ent Federal Credit Union
Ent Federal Credit Union, established in 1957, is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with more than $4.0 billion in assets and more than 236,000 members. The credit union provides a full range of financial solutions through 27 service centers throughout Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo and Denver. They offer members online, mobile and telephone banking services, a Colorado call center and both a consumer and mortgage loan center. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Denver, El Paso, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties. Ent is federally insured by the NCUA. Ent.com