Providence Orthopedic Hospital (Northeast) Receives Gold Apple for Implementing a Healthy Food Environment

COLUMBIA, SC – Providence Orthopedic Hospital (Northeast) 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, Providence Orthopedic Hospital 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. 

“Providence Orthopedic Hospital 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,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, Strategic Coaching Senior Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their commitment.”

“We are thrilled that our Northeast campus has been awarded the Gold Apple distinction,” said Carmen Wilson, MHA, ATC, population health director at Providence Hospitals, “Our Population Health, Administrative and Food and Nutrition teams work in a collaborative way to improve the health and wellness of our employees and our patients. This award is evidence of our team’s good work.”

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. 

Jen Wright, Working Well Director, added, “The collaboration and hard work that has been happening at Providence between the wellness staff, registered dietitian, and food management company, Metz Culinary, has resulted in healthier choices that are easy to identify and less expensive to purchase.  They are setting a fantastic example for the healthcare community and the local community they serve.”

About Providence Hospitals, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System:  

Providence Hospitals is the leading provider of cardiovascular and orthopedic services in the Midlands. Providence is composed of two hospitals, thirteen physician practices, a network of rehabilitation centers, two sleep centers, a school of cardiac diagnostics, and an accredited chest pain center. In total, Providence employs more than 2,000 dedicated staff. 

Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence is known statewide for outstanding clinical quality and compassionate care. The Providence open heart surgery program has ranked consistently in the top 15% of open heart programs for the past six and one-half years. Both the orthopedic and cardiac services have received the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center designation.

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.



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11-25-2015 08:04 (EST)