Greenville Health System Receives Gold Medal Award for Implementing Best Practices for Physical Activity at the Worksite

GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville Health System (GHS) was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the Gold Medal award.  The Gold Medal is awarded for providing and promoting access to physical activity opportunities for employees during work hours and represents the highest standard of physical activity excellence at the workplace. 

GHS has a policy allowing paid break time and flexible hours for employees to be physically active at work. They also provide access to exercise facilities at or near the worksite, education and communication with employees about the importance of physical activity and motivation to engage in physical activity, in addition to benefits and incentives to encourage activity, such as gym discounts.  These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Working Well and Prevention Partners to become a physically active worksite. 

“GHS sets a high bar in terms of their physical activity opportunities for employees. They provide their employees every opportunity to be active during work hours to improve productivity and overall health,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, Strategic Coaching Senior Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their commitment.”

"Our vision is to transform health care for the benefit of the people and communities we serve, and that includes the health and well-being of our employees," said Oriana Perez, a GHS health educator. "We appreciate the South Carolina Hospital Association's efforts to help promote physical activity in the workplace and are honored to receive this recognition."

Prevention Partners works with the SCHA’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 GHS 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 Medal 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 Greenville Health System:

Greenville Health System - an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina - is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit ghs.org for more information. 

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.

 

PREVENTION PARTNERS MEDIA CONTACT: 

Lisa Watts | 336.501.8579 | LisaW@forprevention.org

SCHA MEDIA CONTACT:

Stephanie Hudson | 803.744.3531 | shudson@scha.org  

GHS MEDIA CONTACT:

Karen Potter | 864.797.7558 | kpotter@ghs.org

 


Released:
12-29-2015 03:37 (EST)