Baptist Easley Hospital launches new Wellness Initiative

Greetings from the Upstate! I am Kelly Price, the Employee Wellness and Community Health Manager at Baptist Easley Hospital. Baptist Easley believes that “Caring is our Calling.” But the first step in your healthcare is to take care of yourself. That’s why we’ve launched the “BE Healthy” wellness initiative on June 1.

As part of the initiative, managers at Baptist Easley Hospital are eligible to take advantage of an eight-week fitness program through the Pickens County YMCA. During the program, the manager meets with a wellness coach once per week to ensure an effective workout routine and results. The first visit includes a fitness assessment of body composition, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. The coach then creates a customized exercise prescription based on the person’s measurements and wellness goals. After six weeks of training, the coach completes a final fitness assessment, which is provided to the participant at the conclusion of the program. While the benefit is only for managers at this point—but hopefully all employees in the future—participants are setting an example for patients and others in the community. After completing the 8 week program, leaders have achieved:

  • Total weight loss: 140 pounds
  • Average weight loss per person: 2.7 pounds
  • Average fat loss: 2%
  • Average waist decrease: 1.5 inches
  • Increased stamina
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sleep habits
  • Improved lab results
  • Decreased medications
  • Increased strength and flexibility 
  • Increased awareness of daily activity 
  • Increased camaraderie (and competition) among teams and departments 

In addition to the eight-week training with the YMCA, the leaders received a Fitbit to track their activity, attended nutrition educational luncheons, and will participate in onsite interval training with the YMCA trainers.  

Baptist Easley’s mission is to preserve, promote, and enhance the health of those we serve which includes our own employees. Our goal is to provide opportunities for our staff to be fit including mind, body, and soul so that we can be the role models for the community and provide the best possible care.


09-29-2015 02:44 (EDT)