Colleton Medical Center Receives Gold Apple for Implementing a Healthy Food Environment

WALTERBORO, SC – Colleton Medical Center was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the Gold Apple award. The Gold Apple is awarded for providing and promoting healthy, affordable, and delicious food and beverage options for employees and represents the highest standard of nutrition excellence at the workplace.  


In order to receive the Gold Apple recognition, Colleton Medical Center provides access to healthy options that are determined by sound nutrition criteria, prices healthy options competitively to motivate purchases, markets healthy food and beverages with icons or other easy-to-read labels, and provides benefits such as nutrition counseling and education to support employees in their health improvement efforts. These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Working Well and Prevention Partners for a healthy food environment at the workplace. 


“Colleton Medical Center sets a high bar in terms of their healthy food and beverage options for employees. They provide their employees every opportunity to make a healthy choice in their food venues,” says Lindsey Bickers Bock, Strategic Coaching Senior Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their commitment.”


“Our hospital is dedicated to the health and wellness of our community, and our nutritious menu options provide healthy lifestyle choices to our staff and the many visitors that we see at Colleton Medical Center,” says Chief Executive Officer, Brad Griffin.


Prevention Partners works with the SC Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative to engage corporate leaders and staff throughout SC to enhance and sustain employee wellness efforts. These efforts are generously funded through the Duke Endowment. 


"It's exciting to see Colleton taking the role of community health leader and leading by example. Their team exudes passion and commitment as evidenced by their work to not only meet but exceed the Gold Apple standards," said Jen Wright, Working Well Program Director at the SC Hospital Association. "We look forward to our continued collaboration in pursuit of improving population health in SC."


About Colleton Medical Center

Colleton Medical Center is an HCA acute care hospital with 135 beds. The Joint Commission recently named Colleton Medical Center to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the fourth year in a row. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Colleton Medical Center is committed to providing quality health services and compassionate care. For more information about Colleton Medical Center, visit or call 843.782.2000.


About Working Well:

Working Well is a statewide strategy to improve workplace wellness policies, systems and environments around tobacco cessation, healthy nutrition and increased physical activity so the healthy choice is the easy choice for employees across South Carolina.


About Prevention Partners: 

The nonprofit Prevention Partners builds healthier communities through a suite of products that guide schools, workplaces, hospitals and clinics to address the leading causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.



Lisa Watts




Stephanie Hudson




Brittany Hyland


10-30-2015 02:04 (EDT)