Working Well


Tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity are three huge risk factors leading to early and preventable disease and contributing significantly to the cost of providing health services. These risk factors among employees result in higher absenteeism, lost productivity, and increased costs for employers. The simple truth is that unhealthy employees are less productive than their healthier peers. Hospitals, however, can be natural leaders in prevention. As community-oriented, mission-driven organizations, hospitals understand the role that health plays in the community and to the individual. As employers, they understand the high cost of preventable illness and disease among the almost 80,000 South Carolinians who work in hospitals.

To spread this prevention message statewide, in 2011 The Duke Endowment awarded a multi-year grant to SCHA to launch a new initiative called Working Well. Working Well is collaborating with similar initiatives, including those coordinated by Eat Smart, Move More SC, to capitalize on the resources made available through these partners.

SCHA has also teamed up with the Prevention Partners to support South Carolina hospitals in their efforts to develop and implement wellness policies and work environments that promote better health. We are here to help participating hospitals assess, implement and maintain evidence-based and effective policies designed around the three pillars of an effective worksite wellness environment.

Because of the success with SC hospitals, Working Well was chosen as a Healthy SC Initiative strategy, and received funding through the Community Transformation Grant managed by SC DHEC. To date, Working Well has been implemented into 32 general industry businesses throughout the state of South Carolina, impacting workforces in industries such as higher education, manufacturing, municipalities and city government, school districts, and corporate headquarters.

For more information on Working Well, please contact Jen Wright, Working Well Manager jwright@scha.org.  

The three pillars include:

  • Tobacco-free people and places

  • Delicious and affordable, healthy food environments

  • Access and opportunity for physical activity during the workday

Key features of the Working Well program include:

  • Policy, environment and systems focused

  • Enhance, align and sustain current wellness initiatives

  • Recognize the cost of doing nothing

  • Create a culture of wellness

  • Make the healthy choice the easy choice

  • Take care of your most valuable asset - your employees

Current Working Well News

Documents and Resources

SCHA Calendar of Events & Webinars

Working Well 2014 Executive Summary

Working Well 2014 Annual Report

WorkHealthy America

A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health

The report from AHA’s long-range policy committee focuses on the wellness component of better healthcare.

SC Tobacco Quitline "Quit for Keeps"

ESMM SC Options for Action

Healthy People 2020

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) SC Department of Agriculture

SC DHEC SC Worksite Wellness Toolkit and Resource Guide

WELCOA (Wellness Councils of America) free resources

Healthy Worksite Food

Fit Friendly Worksite Brochure

Fit Friendly Worksite Brochure

Archived Webinars

Archived Webinars

Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit

American Heart Association's Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit

SC Obesity Action Plan

SC Obesity Action Plan

2014 Annual Meeting Presentation: Creating Change Across SC

2014 Annual Meeting Presentation: Creating Change Across SC

2014 Annual Meeting Presentation: On Purpose by Victor Strecher

On Purpose presentation by Victor Strecher

2014 Annual Meeting Presentation: Achieving Excellence through Working Well

Achieving Excellence through Working Well

Smart Food Choices: How to Implement Food Service Guidelines for Public Facilities

Smart Food Choices: How to Implement Food Service Guidelines for Public Facilities

Creating Healthier Hospital Food, Beverage, and Physical Activity Environments

Creating Healthier Hospital Food, Beverage, and Physical Activity Environments

A Step-by-Step Guide: Using the Healthy Hospital Food, Beverage, and Physical Activity Environment Scans

A Step-by-Step Guide: Using the Healthy Hospital Food, Beverage, and Physical Activity Environment Scans

Webinar: Creating Healthy Food Environments through Partnerships like Farm to Institution