Self Regional Healthcare Achieves Gold Apple Award for Implementing a Healthy Food Environment

Self Regional Healthcare 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, Self Regional 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. 

“Self Regional 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 Taylor Pritchard, Strategic Coaching Senior Coordinator at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their commitment.”

“Our goal for Self Regional team members is to encourage health and wellbeing, as well as provide a work environment that promotes those two ideals. We are always pleased to receive any recognition that shows we have been able to meet that goal. Healthy lifestyles for our patients and our team members are of utmost importance to us, so we are quite proud of this award,” said Jim Pfeiffer, President and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare.

Prevention Partners works with 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 and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

About Self Regional:  

Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital that provides care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Services include prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group is its employed physician affiliate network of 33 practices and more than 115 physicians.

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

WORKING WELL MEDIA CONTACT:

Emily O’Sullivan | 803.454.6969 | eosullivan@scha.org    

SELF REGIONAL MEDIA CONTACT:

Mark Hyatt | 864.725.7091 | mark.hyatt@selfregional.org 


Released:
01-27-2017 03:32 (EST)