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Norway Savings Bank Recognized for Health and Wellness Initiatives

July 30, 2012



NORWAY, Maine – Norway Savings Bank is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by Healthy Oxford Hills and the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity for its efforts in employee health and wellness.

 On May 31st, Norway Savings Bank was presented the “Work Healthy! Gold Recognition Award” from Healthy Oxford Hills. The “Gold” level designation is determined by three factors including implementing a tobacco-free workplace, promoting healthy eating habits and encouraging physical activity both in and out of the workplace. Norway Savings has also been acknowledged by Healthy Oxford Hills as a Healthy Spark in the community for being an inspiring partner in promoting health and wellness.

In addition, Norway Savings Bank has been recognized by the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity for the runner-up in Maine’s Medium Company Award. Scoring for the award was driven by a rigorous set of criteria based on physical activity and fitness along with creativity, affordability and health education for employees.

“People want to work for organizations that truly care about their well-being” said Richelle Wallace, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. “Our entire workforce is seeing measurable and amazing results through small, individual behavior changes. Named as one of the healthiest companies in America, Norway Savings invests time, money, targeted strategy and support in wellness initiatives.”

Norway Savings Bank is proud to foster and promote a healthy workplace as a part of their culture and commitment to employees with a goal to enhance overall well-being, while better managing health care, health care costs, health insurance premiums and individual health savings accounts. To assist in achieving this, in 2010, Norway Savings Bank introduced a one-on-one, behavior based wellness program. Through this program, bank employees meet with a dedicated health coach throughout the year to complete a health risk assessment, as well as to set and track personal health and wellness goals. Norway Savings Bank also has a Safety and Wellness Committee that is dedicated to making the bank a safer and healthier workplace through new and ongoing objectives geared towards employee education, awareness, strategy development, intervention and results. To date, overall participation in the wellness program is at 98% and the bank has already seen an improvement in its aggregate risk-data scores in less than two years.

About Norway Savings Bank:

Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of March 31, 2012, Norway Savings Bank had $964 million in total assets and provided financial services to over 38 thousand households throughout western and southern Maine. Norway Savings Bank has 20 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2007 and 2008, Norway Savings Bank was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine by the Society for Human Resource Management’s Maine State Council. Norway earned the Financial Marketing Excellence Award from the American Bankers Association for its “Colorful Solutions” brand campaign in 2009. In 2011, Norway Savings Bank was recognized with the Gold-Level Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). This award distinguishes Norway Savings Bank as one of the healthiest companies in America. For more information, visit