HICKORY, NC – June 29, 2017 – The WellBusiness Advisory Council announced 25 recipients of WellBusiness recognition during an awards luncheon held at Catawba Country Club on June 29. Now in its third year, the WellBusiness program recognizes local businesses for their efforts to improve employee health and wellness.
To earn a WellBusiness designation, companies of all sizes demonstrated their commitment to meeting proven worksite wellness standards in policy and organizational support, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, and prevention, screening and early detection support.
Companies receiving gold WellBusiness designation are Alicia Carroll, MD, Broome Associated Insurance, Catawba County Government, Catawba Valley Medical Center, CertainTeed, City of Hickory, CommScope, Frye Regional Medical Center, Gaston Family Health Services, HSM Solutions, Transportation Insight, US Conec and the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Silver WellBusiness designees are Century Furniture, City of Newton, Lenoir-Rhyne University, McCreary Modern, Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley, Sherrill Furniture, United Church Homes & Services and Vanguard Furniture. Lexington Home Brands, Martin Starnes & Associates, Special Metals Welding Products Company and WestRock earned bronze WellBusiness designation.
Companies documented their worksite wellness practices through a no-fee application process. Additional criteria included the company being located entirely or partially in Catawba County with wellness practices impacting employees in Catawba County. Achievement levels were factored into the program to make recognition accessible to businesses of all sizes, industries and budgets.
Companies earning WellBusiness designation receive program publicity and advertising, an award certificate and banner, access to networking and technical resources, plus the ability to market the company as a WellBusiness in promotion and workforce recruitment.
“Being named a WellBusiness is a way for local companies to show their dedication to the health and wellness of their employees and the community as a whole,” said Honey Estrada, Coordinator of The Health First Center and Mobile Wellness, Catawba Valley Medical Center. “We would like to congratulate these WellBusinesses for making health a priority and for embracing evidence-based wellness practices that not only provide outstanding wellness opportunities to employees, but also create environments where health is a sustainable practice.”
WellBusiness standards were developed after a thorough review of evidence-based and best practice worksite wellness recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Preventive Services Task Force.
The WellBusiness initiative, which is comprised of volunteer representatives from area hospitals, healthcare providers, nonprofits, businesses, service agencies, and local government, works to improve employee health and wellness by implementing community health strategies. WellBusiness is facilitated by The Health First Center of Catawba Valley Medical Center, the region’s not-for-profit community hospital dedicated to addressing Catawba County’s health priorities. For more information, about the WellBusiness program, please contact Honey Estrada, Coordinator of The Health First Center and Mobile Wellness, Catawba Valley Medical Center at 828.485.2300 x6201.