CHAPEL HILL – May 7, 2013 – Caldwell Memorial Hospital was recognized by NC Prevention Partners (NCPP) for providing the highest standard of excellence for comprehensive wellness programs offered to their employees in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco-free environments. Hospitals receiving these acknowledgments are considered Gold Medal, Gold Apple, and Gold Star Standard Hospitals respectively. Caldwell Memorial Hospital is the second hospital in North Carolina to earn all three gold awards. Funded by the Duke Endowment, NC Prevention Partners is working to improve the health of hospital employees across the state of North Carolina by creating worksite wellness environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
By addressing how policy, the environment, education, benefits, and incentives support healthy employees, Caldwell Memorial Hospital is meeting the highest standard of excellence in all three areas of the Healthy NC Hospitals Initiative. The Gold Medal recognizes hospitals for establishing a culture of wellness where being active is the norm by providing access and opportunity for physical activity during and after the workday. The Gold Apple is awarded to hospitals that provide delicious, affordable and healthy foods to all employees all the time. The Gold Star is presented in recognition of providing the highest standard of excellence for tobacco cessation programs offered to employees.
Caldwell Memorial Hospital recently added a policy that allows employees be physically active during paid breaks. Employees may also be flexible in their work hours in order to fit in physical activity during the day. If employees enroll in Commit to be Fit, their membership to the hospital’s fitness center is free as long as they log 48 visits of 15 minutes every quarter. This works out to be just 60 minutes per week. In their cafeteria, one of the busiest stations is the to-go cooler where fruits, yogurts, salads, and wraps are available so that each shift has access to healthy options.
Finally, for tobacco users, all counseling and cessation medications are provided at no cost. These are just a few of the many wellness initiatives Caldwell Memorial Hospital has implemented to help their employees live well.
“Caldwell Memorial Hospital has set a high bar for all North Carolina worksites in terms of their employee wellness program. They provide their employees every opportunity to be active, eat healthy, and quit tobacco, if needed,” commented Anne Thornhill, Director at NC Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”
About NC Prevention Partners:
NC Prevention Partners is a state and national leader in guiding schools, hospitals and workplaces to improve their culture of wellness by improving policies and environments that address tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and obesity. For more information, please visit www.ncpreventionpartners.org.