Tidelands Health earns top award for being a fit-friendly worksite
Studies show that healthy employees are more engaged employees. For its commitment to employee partner wellness, fitness and satisfaction, Tidelands Health has been named a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite.
The prestigious recognition, which is from the American Heart Association, is the seventh consecutive year that Tidelands Health has been recognized for helping employees eat better and move more.
“An expansive wellness program that helps our employee partners have healthier, longer lives is one of the best benefits that we can provide,” said Jan Harper, Tidelands Health senior vice president and chief human relations officer. “From physical activity and healthy nutrition options to rewarding our employee partners for adopting healthy habits, we believe that wellness not only benefits our employee partners, but also shows our patients and visitors that that on every level, we’re committed to our guiding purpose, “better health begins here.’ “
▪ Offer employee partners physical activity options in the workplace
▪ Increase healthy eating options at the worksite
▪ Promote a wellness culture in the workplace
▪ Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
To enhance the health and wellness, Tidelands Health has developed a program to encourage employee partners to improve their health through exercise, better nutrition and quitting smoking. The initiative has resulted in better health and reduced health care costs for Tidelands Health and employee partners.
In addition, the cafeterias at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital offer an array of healthy foods daily and post the nutritional content of items served. Both hospitals have walking trails and offer fitness classes such as yoga and zumba, and all employee partners are encouraged to participate in quarterly wellness challenges that emphasize health and wellness, such as meditation and mindfulness, getting more sleep, boosting fluid intake and eating more vegetables and fruits.
According to the American Heart Association, U.S. employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of health care expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.