Suffolk is a Champion for Health

The City of Suffolk has achieved the Health Champion Designation from the American Diabetes Association! In fact, Suffolk is one of the nation’s first 103 organizations to receive this distinction. This designation recognizes companies and organizations that inspire and encourage organizational well-being.

Suffolk City Manager Patrick Roberts commented, “The City of Suffolk is honored that our commitment to making the health and wellness of our employees a priority has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Our goal is to encourage the adoption of healthy habits which will benefit our employees, their families, and our productivity and morale overall”.


To qualify for the Health Champion Designation, a company or organization must meet the healthy living criteria in three areas:

  • Nutrition and Weight Management: Five of the twelve criteria options such as offering healthy food choices, promoting nutritional information and providing healthy vending options.
  • Physical Activity: Four of the nine criteria options, such as participating in the physical activity events of the American Diabetes Association, facilitating walking or biking to work, encouraging taking the stairs, etc.
  • Organizational Well-Being: Having an organizational smoke-free policy and three more of the nine criteria options, such as having a designated wellness program coordinator, a wellness committee, or a contracted wellness company available to staff/members, integrating health topics/information into internal communications, etc.