NC Prevention Partners Honors SCHA as Trailblazer

Chapel Hill, NC (June 8, 2011) – At its 13th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, NC Prevention Partners and leaders from the health, hospital, school and business communities honored standout leaders who make it easier for individuals to reduce tobacco use, eat healthier and be more physically active. The South Carolina Hospital Association was recognized with the Trailblazer Award for its effort to improve worksite policies, environments and benefits to enhance employee health and wellbeing.

The ceremony was held Wednesday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Club. Chapel Hill radio personality and 1360 WCHL Morning Show Host Ron Stutts served as emcee for the event.

“One of the best ways to accelerate the pace at which good healthy policies happen is by recognizing and sharing the success stories that make them possible,” said NC Prevention Partners President and CEO Dr. Meg Molloy. “We are proud to honor their work.”

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) began working with NC Prevention Partners in 2009. Using WorkHealthy America℠, an evidence-based worksite wellness resource developed by NC Prevention Partners, SCHA was able to assess its existing wellness efforts and develop an action plan for making improvements. Over the last year, SCHA has enacted a healthy food policy and revamped catering menus for its conference center, instituted weekly Workout at Work programs, and arranged fresh produce deliveries from a local farmer’s market. SCHA is now serving as a role model to South Carolina hospitals that are using WorkHealthy America℠ by encouraging hospital employees to make healthy choices related to tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition.

“We are not just telling our member hospitals that their worksites present opportunities to support improvements in health behavior,” said Jim Head, Senior Vice President at the South Carolina Hospital Association. “We are practicing what we preach.”

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About the South Carolina Hospital Association

Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state’s hospitals and health care systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide.

About NC Prevention Partners

NC Prevention Partners is a leader in reducing preventable illness and early death in North Carolina caused by tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity. NCPP has received national recognition for its WorkHealthy America℠ program, which assists private and public employers to improve employee health and reduce healthcare and productivity costs. Find out more at www.ncpreventionpartners.org.

 

PHOTO: (names left to right)
Back row: Dr. Melva Fager Okun, Jim Head, Lindsey Bickers Bock
Front row: Kendyl Schultz, Jen Wright, Rozalynn Goodwin


Released:
06-09-2011 12:00 (EDT)