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 Kendyl Schultz, Operations Specialist.
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