LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded 2014 Excellence Recognition by Prevention Partners, in partnership with The Duke Endowment, as part of the WorkHealthy America initiative.
According to Prevention Partners, Southeastern Health achieved this recognition by earning straight A’s in four modules of the initiative addressing tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and the overall culture around health and wellness. The Excellence Recognition honors Southeastern Health’s commitment to employee health as demonstrated by its policies, programs and benefits to support employee health, optimize employee productivity, and integrate wellness into daily operations.
“Some examples of programs we have implemented throughout the organization include Fit Boxes, where managers are able to order a box which includes a set of 5 lb weights, resistance bands and exercises for employees to use during breaks,” said Amanda Roberts, health and wellness coordinator for SeHealth. “We also offer an onsite fitness center on our main campus that is open to employees around the clock.”
A healthy food policy was adopted by the organization which features a stoplight program to identify which foods are healthy items to eat often (green signs), moderately healthy items to eat occasionally (yellow signs) and unhealthy items to eat less often (red signs).
In an effort to support employees who wish to stop using tobacco products, an extensive tobacco cessation, or quit, program is available to employees as well as their family members through SeHealth affiliate Gibson Cancer Center. SeHealth implemented an organization-wide tobacco free policy in April 2008, which was the foundation for its wellness success.
“We have shown as an organization that we support a culture of wellness by having strategic goals throughout the organization to ensure we support wellness,” said Roberts.
Two Southeastern Health committees, Change Your Plate and Image and Community Taskforce, were instrumental in the start-up and sustainability of each wellness program recognized by the award.
The award was presented to representatives of SeHealth during a visit to the main campus on July 9 which included a tour of the cafeteria and on-site fitness center.