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CaroMont Recognized for Workplace Health and Wellness Efforts


CaroMont Health is celebrating another banner year for its commitment to employee health and wellness. For the fourth year in a row, Prevention Partners has awarded CaroMont Health with the Excellence Recognition distinction for reaching the highest standards in workplace health and prevention.

CaroMont Health sustained this recognition by earning straight As in the four modules of WorkHealthy America, a Prevention Partners initiative addressing tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition and the overall culture around health and wellness. The Excellence Recognition honors CaroMont 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.

“When we embarked on our journey to become a healthier workplace four years ago, we knew it would require a lot of time and commitment,” said Andrea Serra, Vice President of Community Care Services at CaroMont Health. “Today, we are seeing the fruits of our labor. Not only are our employees experiencing an improvement in their health and quality of life, but their families are also embracing this new lifestyle and making healthy eating, exercise and overall wellness a priority in their lives. By providing the right tools and communication and making it enjoyable, we have created a culture of wellness.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged the WorkHealthy America Excellence standard as one of highest achievements in building a healthy workplace.

Janet Collins, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “The CDC is truly honored to be a strong partner with Prevention Partners. The work that you do is outstanding; it’s science-based and also incredibly practical. As we’re trying to make progress in hospital and school environments, you’ve worked through the barriers that come up naturally and shown that it can be done. You are the experts in taking prevention from the hypothetical to the very practical — and succeeding.”

“CaroMont Health sets a high bar in establishing and sustaining a workplace where employees can make healthy choices,” says Meg Molloy, President and CEO of Prevention Partners. “I applaud this great effort and the commitment of CaroMont Health’s leadership to create a culture of wellness.”

CaroMont has several programs in place to help cultivate a working environment that encourages employee engagement including, a six-month wellness program comprised of personalized health coaching, physical activity opportunities, and interactive group activities related to stress management, nutrition and physical movement. Examples of group activities include: a grocery store tour, yoga class, hike and healthy cooking class. Lunch and learns also have proven to be a successful engagement tool with employees. CaroMont offers monthly educational presentations over lunch featuring topics such as, Flexing Your Financial Muscles and Decoding the Food Label.

Other employee wellness services offered to employees are Healthy Back, a month-long program that teaches corrective movements and exercises to strengthen the back and stabilize the core. New this year is Spring in Your Step, a six-week walking program designed to get most people, regardless of their physical activity level, walking a full 5k. With 150 participants, the walking program is being offered to employees just in time for the third annual CaroMont Community Challenge on Saturday, May 14, a 5k and one-mile fun walk, at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont.

“Research shows that healthier employees are happier, engaged and more productive,” said Serra. “Simply offering a wellness program—no matter how well intentioned—does not guarantee success. It’s up to the individual to take advantage of the tools and resources available. By creating a healthy work environment for employees, we are supporting their quest to make healthier choices that can lead to an overall enhanced quality of life and well-being.”

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