Rutland, VT: Seven Rutland-area organizations have been selected to receive financial grants to help improve the health of their employees through their worksite wellness programs.Community Care Network, Green Mountain College, The Humane Society, OMYA Industries, Rutland High School, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and the Vermont Achievement Center all will receive grants from the Rutland County Community Advisory Board (RCCAB) of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). The grants, which range from $200 to $750, will be distributed at an awards ceremony on June 29th at the South Station Restaurant in Rutland.The organizations were selected based on their grant applications to improve employee health through worksite programs, as well as on their innovation, creativity, intended impact and evaluation plan. The programs will range from weight loss and nutrition counseling to conflict management. All of the organizations will report their programs’ outcomes to the RCCAB.The Rutland County Community Advisory Board, which is supported by BCBSVT, was formed to identify health needs in the area and address those needs through programs, events and activities. The Board consists of community leaders with an interest in health education and promotion. The Board developed the grants program in an effort to encourage health improvement through employer-based initiatives.The June 29th awards ceremony will also serve as a forum for discussion of ways to expand worksite wellness initiatives to other organizations throughout the community.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.