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Provena Earns Well Workplace Award

The Wellness Councils of America recently presented the Silver Well Workplace Award to Provena Health. This award recognizes Provena’s commitment to the health and well-being of its employees through regular wellness activities, including yearly health fairs, fitness challenges and wellness education.

Silver-level recipients are recognized for having laid the foundation for a results-oriented workplace wellness program and have demonstrated support of employees’ efforts to modify health risks and improve overall health and well-being.

“Through our wellness programs at all of our ministries, we have strengthened our relationship with our employees and created a more positive environment for everyone within the Provena system,” said Terry Solem, System Vice President of Human Resources. “Frequent wellness programming has the goal of a reduction in healthcare costs and continuous opportunities for employees to participate in initiatives dedicated to improving overall health and wellness.”

A popular and effective system-wide program is the annual Bottom Line Challenge. Employees compete to lose weight, body fat and inches through diet, exercise and wellness education during the two-month challenge. In 2006, over 1,000 employees (approximately 10% of staff system-wide) completed the challenge.

Since the inception of the Bottom Line Challenge in 2003, employees have lost a total of more than nine tons of weight.

“Good companies know that their employees are their most valuable asset. Great companies go further and take care of their employees. Provena Health has made a tremendous commitment to their employees,” said David Hunnicutt, President of the Wellness Councils of America. “They have created an enormously supportive environment and adopted polices that support employees’ efforts to improve overall health and well-being.”

With more than 2,500 member organizations located throughout North America, WELCOA is highly recognized and regarded for their innovative and results-oriented approach to worksite wellness. Each year, only a handful of companies meet the rigorous standards to achieve a Well Workplace Award.

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