Somerset County chosen for work wellness program

Posted Feb. 19, 2012, at 3:39 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — Maine’s Somerset County has been chosen for a national program that seeks to improve worker wellness, increase productivity and lower health care costs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention picked seven counties nationwide for its National Healthy Worksite Program, which will provide free health coaching services for the next two years.

The Morning Sentinel reported that Somerset County was chosen in part because of its high rate of diabetes and heart and respiratory disease. Under the program, workers will get health screenings and advice from coaches about how to improve their health.

Fifteen sites in the county will be chosen by the end of April, with work beginning in May.

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