Milton City officials consider tobacco cessation, wellness program

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Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 06:41 PM.


The Milton City Council discussed a new Wellness Program and Tobacco Free Workplace Policy in Monday’s executive session.

If the new policies are adopted it could mean current employees’ decision to smoke will impact the City’s contribution to their health insurance. The city is also considering not hiring tobacco users after Oct. 1.

If the city council approves the two new policies in executive session, they will be placed on the consent agenda for the Feb. 12 council meeting.

The goals of the new Wellness Program are to encourage and support employees to be more physically active, eat healthier foods, stop using tobacco and manage stress.

The program will be a collaborative effort from the City of Milton, Santa Rosa Medical Center and Wellness Works, among other programs.

Among focus areas of the Wellness Program are eating healthy, physical activity, and stress management. A tobacco free workplace policy will be discussed for adoption as of Oct. 1, 2013.

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