North Adams, MA – Aug. 26, 2022 – BFAIR (Berkshire Family And Individual Resources), a human service agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injury is proud to have been named a 2022 Health New England Well Worth It Award recipient at the GOLD 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 during 2021. 

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

This year’s workplace wellness activities included a variety of workshops to offer our employees such as mindfulness, exercise, healthy eating, and smoking cessation.  Also included were a few self-driven challenges such as a “Thinner by Thanksgiving” and hydration challenge.  We participated as well in the Berkshire 150 Challenge through Berkshire Health Systems.  We also pride ourselves on including individuals served by BFAIR in our wellness program. 

“Health New England is proud to recognize BFAIR for their commitment to employee well-being by supporting a culture of health in the workplace,” stated Katie Bruno, Public Health, and Wellness Program Manager for Health New England. “As the pandemic continued in 2021, BFAIR engaged employees in meaningful wellness programs to meet their critical needs and to support their overall health, both physical and mental. 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.”  

“Taking care of our team that are working hard taking care of others remains a top priority for us at BFAIR. Our Wellness Committee wants 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 has been providing AFC (Adult Family Care), Residential, 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.