Live Well Kosciusko drew nearly 200 community members for its first Health, Well-being and Engagement Celebration Luncheon Tuesday at The Heritage Room in Winona Lake. The event honored 12 local organizations for making Kosciusko County a great place to live, learn, work and play. Pictured are recipients of awards from Harvest With a Heart, AGAITAS, Fellowship Missions, Northern Indiana Housing Authority, Kosciusko Tobacco Free Coalition, Kosciusko Community YMCA, Zimmer-Biomet, Depuy, Lake City Bank, Kosciusko County Government, Bowen Center, and Wildman Business Group. Photo by Al Disbro
Live Well Kosciusko drew nearly 200 community members for its first Health, Well-being and Engagement Celebration Luncheon Tuesday at The Heritage Room in Winona Lake. The event honored 12 local organizations for making Kosciusko County a great place to live, learn, work and play. Pictured are recipients of awards from Harvest With a Heart, AGAITAS, Fellowship Missions, Northern Indiana Housing Authority, Kosciusko Tobacco Free Coalition, Kosciusko Community YMCA, Zimmer-Biomet, Depuy, Lake City Bank, Kosciusko County Government, Bowen Center, and Wildman Business Group. Photo by Al Disbro
WINONA LAKE – Live Well?Kosciusko hosted its first Health, Well-being and Engagement Celebration Luncheon Tuesday with nearly 200 community members in attendance.

Held at The Heritage Room in Winona Lake and officiated by Rob Parker, president and CEO of the Kosciusko Community Chamber of Commerce, the event recognized organizations and groups who contribute to making the county a great place to live, learn, work and play.

Jennifer Pferrer with the Indiana Wellness Council congratulated the group on the county’s designation as a Healthy Community by the Indiana Wellness Council. The designation means Kosciusko County has completed a community well-being assessment, received feedback and developed a strategic plan to address health and well-being issues for the next two years, according to a press release from Live Well CEO Lisa Harman.

The Chamber of Commerce, Bowen Center and Zimmer-Biomet have been designated Achieve Well Companies through the Wellness Council. Achieve Well assists employers in creating a corporate culture that encourages and supports employee health through worksite wellness initiatives.

Pferrer also spoke about the importance of cooperation between nonprofits and employers for the well-being of employees, especially in addressing social determinants of health such as housing, transportation, food security and child care.

The Chamber, K21 Health Foundation and Live Well Kosciusko have led the charge toward a Healthy Community Designation, Harman said.

“As we began to work on the Healthy Community Designation, we realized that there were a lot of organizations already doing great work in Kosciusko County. We wanted to recognize and honor those organizations,” Harman said. “We were overwhelmed with the response of the community. We received over 50 nominations for the 12 categories.”

Employers are invited to learn more about the program during the next Chamber wellness committee meeting on Oct. 3. RSVP to Michelle Goble at the Chamber.

Winners announced at the luncheon were as follows:

• Community Program of the Year: Harvest with a Heart; and AGAITAS.

• Economic Stability Champion of the Year: Fellowship Missions.

• Social Determinants of Health Champion of the Year: Northern Indiana Housing Authority.

• Community Coalition of the Year: Kosciusko Tobacco Free Coalition.

• Cancer Care Champion of the Year: Kosciusko Community YMCA.

• Tobacco Cessation Champion of the Year:?Zimmer-Biomet.

• Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year: Depuy.

• Health, Well-being and Engagements Data and Evaluation Usage Champion of the Year: Lake City Bank.

• Health, Well-being and Engagement Leadership Champion of the Year: Marsha McSherry (KGOV).

• Health and Well-being Committee of the Year: Bowen Center.

• Engagement and Culture Committee of the Year:?Wildman Business Group.