SOMERSET, NJ - Alternatives, Inc., based in Raritan, was recognized with a 2018 Healthier Somerset Healthy Workplace Recognition Award for implementing worksite wellness programs that improve the health and wellbeing of its employees and clients. Alternatives earned a Gold Award, which distinguishes companies with programs in place for at least five years and in ten award categories.

Healthier Somerset is a coalition of public and private companies with the mission to improve the health and well-being of people who live and work in Somerset County. The coalition shares information and creates alliances among individuals and organizations to create a healthier Somerset.

“Alternatives is honored to be recognized for our efforts to improve the health of our employees and clients and furthers our goal to be the social service agency of choice for people in Central New Jersey,” said Nancy Good, president, Alternatives. “We are proud to be part of the Healthier Somerset coalition, which shares our view that the health of our community should be a priority.”

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All Healthier Somerset award recipients were honored at an event on June 7 at the Fairbridge Hotel Conference Center in Somerset. For more information on Healthier Somerset and a full list of award winners, visit www.healthiersomerset.org

Alternatives received the Gold Award for implementing programs in the following categories:  Health Risk Assessment, Cholesterol Screenings, Blood Pressure Screenings, Blood Glucose Screenings, Flu Shot Clinics Smoke-Free Workplace, Health Education Seminars/Lunch and Learns, Health & Wellness Newsletters for Employees, Websites or Links to Resources, Employee Assistance Program, Weight Loss/Management Programs, Physical Activity Classes, AEDs and AED/CPR Training for Employees, Kitchen or Breakroom with Microwaves and Refrigerators , Community Health-Related Events (Heartwalk, Relay for Life, etc.), Green Initiatives and an On-Site Health Fair. 

As part of its commitment to promoting a healthier community, Alternatives is sponsoring the annual Dignity Dash 5K and 1 mile Fun Walk on Sept. 9 to raise funds and awareness for people with special needs. Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Bridgewater/DignityDash for more information and to register.

Since 1998, Alternatives, Inc. has provided comprehensive services to individuals and families with special needs to enable them to reach their highest level of independence and integration into the community. Alternatives has a person-centered philosophy that provides each person served with the support they need to assist them in achieving their goals. Alternatives is committed to being the social service agency of choice in providing residential and support services to people in the Greater Central New Jersey community. For more information visit www.alternativesinc.org.