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ETWR Recognition Program

ETWR Recognition is a program to recognize East Tennessee worksites that exemplify excellence in worksite wellness. It takes a systems approach to worksite wellness by targeting evidence-based built environment and policy changes. To achieve ETWR Bronze, Gold or Platinum status, worksites must demonstrate a supportive wellness infrastructure and must meet a certain number of criteria related to disease monitoring and prevention, physical activity, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse and tobacco use and prevention. The online application was developed and adapted from the 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Worksite Health ScoreCard.

ETWR launched a three-tier recognition program in 2020. The purpose of the three-tier recognition program is to recognize employers who are pursuing opportunities to exemplify excellence in worksite wellness and consistently working to move the needle on worksite health. Recognition is available for worksites of any size. To be eligible for grant funded resources and incentives, your worksite must have a Knox County address. Businesses outside of Knox County are eligible for sample policies and point of decision prompts.  Worksites in Knox County applying for any of the three tiers are eligible to receive grant-funded resources/incentives requested.

ETWR Bronze recognizes worksites that demonstrate a solid foundation for incorporating wellness into employee culture.

ETWR Gold remains the core recognition for sites that exemplify excellence in worksite wellness and have implemented evidence-based strategies to achieve a culture of health in their workplace. If you have previously received ETWR Gold status, you can maintain your ETWR Gold status or pursue the ETWR Platinum status for advanced recognition.

ETWR Platinum will be awarded to those who have maintained ETWR Gold status for at least one year, exemplify sustainability and prioritize quality improvement around employee wellness. These sites act as a benchmark for success. ETWR Gold sites do not have to retake the ETWR Gold application in full. They will complete a comprehensive on-site visit with the ETWR Chair to discuss current wellness initiatives.

Click here to view the criteria.

Additionally, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has received grant funding to help Knox County organizations implement evidence-based strategies to achieve cultures of health at their workplace. During the ETWR Gold application process, each worksite will have the opportunity to communicate areas where they could use assistance/funding/resources from KCHD in order to implement new wellness initiatives or improve upon existing initiatives. For example, if your workplace would like to have an employee garden, but does not have the resources to purchase gardening supplies, applicants can request resources from KCHD to support this initiative. Below is a list of available resources/incentives that Knox County worksites can request:

  • Walking route signage
  • Fitness equipment for onsite fitness rooms
  • Kitchen equipment for preparing healthy foods
  • Supplies and furniture for lactation rooms
  • Supplies for worksite gardens
  • Bike racks
  • Healthy vending toolkit and vending compliance calculator
  • Better Bite stickers and decals
  • Scales and Blood pressures cuffs for health monitoring purposes
  • Drug-free workplace trainings
  • Tobacco-free workplace signage
  • Mental health and gratitude resources
  • Printed materials
  • Example policies and procedures
  • Decals, certificate and the ETWR Gold logo
  • Publicity through ETWR website, Facebook page and media releases

Any member of an organization can apply as long as he or she is knowledgeable about wellness initiatives and is willing to be the point of contact. The application will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Click here for frequently asked questions.

Click Here to Complete the 2021 Recognition Application

If you have further questions, please contact Kaela McIver at For reminders and updates, join ETWR and you will receive future email communications or like us on Facebook.

Hear from two of our 2019 ETWR Gold awardees below.