Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP joins in statewide celebration of National Employee Health & Fitness Day
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 20, 2008 — Central Maine Power Company is joining the Governor’s office and employers from around the state to observe National Employee Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 21. The utility will provide its employees with healthy snacks and will encourage workers to take walks and do stretching exercises throughout the day.
“Wednesday’s observance reinforces a philosophy we follow here at CMP every day,” says CMP President Sara Burns. “Adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle benefits our employees both on and off the job. And a healthy workforce is essential to helping CMP meet its commitment to provide the reliable, high-quality power-delivery service that our customers need.”
CMP’s Wellness Committee offers a variety of programs and resources designed to keep employees healthy, focusing on four major areas: on nutrition and weight management, exercise and fitness, stress management, and disease awareness and prevention.
On Jan. 1, 2008, the utility adopted a policy forbidding tobacco use on CMP property and in company vehicles. CMP is helping affected employees adjust to the change by offering referrals and cost reimbursements for smoking cessation programs and medications.
CMP’s employee-driven safety process gives the utility’s workers a direct role in shaping safety policies. The company also works hard to find new ways to prevent injuries from cumulative trauma or repetitive motion. A recent addition to its safety training series is Worksmart Injury Prevention, a program which focuses on reducing fatigue and preventing injury and pain.
“Maintaining a power-delivery system is a tough job, and utility workers can be vulnerable to injury,” says Burns. “The Worksmart program has been extremely successful in helping our employees use proper body mechanics and stay healthy both on and off the job.”
CMP’s commitment to wellness has been so successful, one of its Service Centers has been recognized for its efforts. For the past two years, the utility’s Lewiston Service Center has received a Silver Award from Healthy Androscoggin, a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education, and prevention.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
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