It is a proven fact that the health of a community is directly related to the prosperity of a community. Typically, this is associated with physical health, with the rates of obesity and diabetes the easiest indicators to track.

Whenever I see a community prospering or wealth increasing, I always look at these health statistics, and have never seen this disproved. I agree that a lot of the resources prevalent to help companies prosper are in large organizations with dedicated Human Resources staff. These thriving companies in turn help the community prosper.

Here is the challenging part for Adrian. We have approximately 1,200 business in the 49221-zip code, but 50 percent of those businesses are four employees or less. Many of them are sole proprietors or two-person shops. They do not have access to large in-house programs for health and prosperity. The other burden they bear is lack of affordable health insurance plans for small businesses. I am keenly aware of all this, as the Chamber itself operates as a small business.

But, there is a rising trend of many who are taking healthcare into their own hands. As part of our growth strategy, we are seeking ways to help make a difference for these local businesses.

One of our signature monthly events is a breakfast and networking meeting called Adrian in the AM. We typically seek to discuss business enhancement subjects that address the business community at large.

This month’s event is sponsored by Promedica.  The Healthy Lenawee 2020 grant Project Coordinator, Frank Nagle, will present free and evidence-based resources available to assist worksites in enhancing employee wellness.

The Healthy Lenawee 2020 Grant team is available to assist in:

  • worksite assessments,
  • implementation or piloting of healthy meetings and events policy,
  • implementation of healthy food service guidelines,
  • assessment of nutritional environments and
  • education to staff/employees on the health benefits of choosing healthier snack and beverage choices.

Implementing strategies best suited for a worksite’s specific needs leads to the development of a culture of health, increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and reduced medical expenses.

I hope large companies will take advantage of the information, and the smaller-sized companies will gather under the collective Chamber connections to form structured times of business events to engage in wellness.

Come to this presentation to hear about these resources and programs available to Lenawee County businesses. Adrian in the AM begins at 7:30 am this Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Lenawee Country Club. Online registration prior to the event is at our website: www.AdrianAreaChamber.com/am

If you have additional questions or want to talk about the Adrian Chamber and your business, give me a call at 517-265-2320, or email me at jbart@adrianareachamber.com

by John R. Bartoszewicz,

President and CEO, Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce