Baltimore County Public Schools

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Location: Towson, MD
Founded: 1800
Industry: Education, pre-K-12

Baltimore County Public Schools

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D

Committing to wellness: Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) enhanced its wellness program not only to address rising healthcare costs, but to improve the well-being of both employees and students. In fact, BCPS has adopted the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Whole Child Initiative, which specifically highlights employee wellness as an important factor impacting students.

FUN FACT: More than 1,050 employee pledges were submitted for BCPS’s monthly “Eat Well, Work Well” campaign.

Special perks: BCPS’s wellness program includes offerings like monthly wellness challenges, wellness newsletters and fitness club discounts. But superintendent S. Dallas Dance has taken extra measures to support the scope of the organization’s wellness program by creating a multi-disciplinary employee wellness committee. The committee has launched fitness classes like Zumba and boot camp — held in school gyms — stress management classes and fresh produce delivery from Hungry Harvest.

Solid results: Dance reports that Team BCPS Employee Wellness Day was a hit this year, and that BCPS employees lost a collective 4,000 pounds during the last school year. Currently, 11 BCPS schools participate in the organization’s on-site fitness classes, and 20 schools take part in the Hungry Harvest fresh produce program.