Working Well is a comprehensive worksite wellness strategy working to establish cultures of healthy living and improved population health in South Carolina. The initiative addresses tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity among South Carolina employees by focusing on the policies, environments, and benefits available at their workplaces.
Working Well began in 2011 with support from The Duke Endowment. Since then, it has expanded from a hospital-based initiative to a statewide approach to improving population health with a focus on healthy workplaces.
In 2014, Working Well was named an evidence-based worksite intervention strategy in the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan. With support from The Duke Endowment, 16 state cabinet agencies, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Governor’s Office joined the effort. Combined with existing hospital and business participation, a total of 101 organizations participated in the initiative in 2014.
- Ten South Carolina organizations have achieved the WorkHealthy America Excellence Recognition for achieving the highest standards in workplace health. These organizations serve as models and mentors for other participating organizations.
- Twenty-five SC organizations have achieved the highest standards for discouraging tobacco use. Identifying tobacco users, counseling them to quit, providing periodic support, offering FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications and actively communicating tobacco cessation benefits are successful strategies being used.
- Eighteen SC organizations have met the highest standard in providing a healthy food environment for their employees.
- Twelve SC organizations have now achieved the highest standard in this area of physical activity.
- According to WorkHealthy America, South Carolina is doing better than the national average for 10 indicators related to nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and creating a culture of wellness.
Working Well continues to look for opportunities to broaden the funding base so that a greater number of organizations can participate in the initiative.