Sep. 2, 2021 (North Adams, MA) – BFAIR is proud to have been named a 2021 Health New England Well Worth It Award recipient at the bronze level for successful worksite health promotion and employee health improvement. The award recognizes BFAIR’s commitment to their employees’ overall health and their achievements in implementing health and wellness programs.

An effective worksite wellness program can improve the well-being and productivity of the workforce while managing the rising cost of health care.

This year’s workplace wellness activities included a variety of workshops to offer our employees such as yoga, healthy eating, and smoking cessation.  Also included were a few self-driven challenges such as a walking challenge and a hydration challenge.  We also pride ourselves on including individuals served by BFAIR in our wellness program.

“Last year impacted everyone, and BFAIR dedicated tools and resources to meet the critical needs of their employees,” said Katie Bruno, Public Health and Wellness Program Manager for Health New England. “Health New England is proud to recognize BFAIR for their commitment to their employees’ overall health and well-being. The Well Worth It Award is an extension of Health New England’s mission and honors the work being done by our employer groups to improve the health and lives of the people in our communities.”

“Wellness, both physical and emotional, remained a top priority for us at BFAIR.  Our Wellness Committee recognized that our essential staff came to work, day after day and did their job caring for others regardless of the pandemic, and we wanted to ensure that they had all the tools they needed to stay well,” said Laura Baran, Wellness Committee Chair at BFAIR.  “We are honored to be recognized by Health New England for our efforts.”

About Health New England

Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, Health New England is a not-for-profit health plan serving members in Massachusetts and Connecticut. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Baystate Health, Health New England offers a range of health care plans in the commercial, Medicaid and Medicare markets. For more about Health New England, visit


Since 1994, BFAIR providing adult family care (AFC), residential, in-home clinical services, employment and day services for adults and children with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and autism.   BFAIR is a proud member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest.