Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized for their outstanding efforts toward employee health and fitness, receiving the 2014 Silver Level Healthy Worksite Award presented by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC).
A total of 71 companies, cities, and townships applied for the 2014 Healthy Worksite awards, which recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.
“Poor nutrition, inactive and sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use, and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans. This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksites is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state,” Dr. Andrew Wapner, chief of the Bureau of Healthy Ohio at ODH, said. “Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award winners are leading the way in this effort by making a healthy work environment a priority for their employees.”
Applicants are scored on how well their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.
“In terms of health and wellness, SOMC strives to be the leading example not just to our employees, but for other employers and the community,” April Sanders, manager of SOMC Employee Health and Wellness said. “We work to encourage a healthy community that will result in our children and their families living long and happy lives. We’re glad to be making strides both in and outside our workforce.”
The Healthy Worksite awards are sponsored by Provant, a leader in population health management strategies and customized worksite wellness services that support employee well-being and productivity and healthcare cost containment. For more information about the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program, please visit http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/en/businesses/howkawd.aspx.