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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Be Healthy THR Puts Emphasis on a Well-Balanced Life
09/12/2005

I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Let’s face it – most of us have looked in the mirror and decided we needed to lose a few pounds. Being overweight is directly linked to a multitude of health problems and it can lower our self-esteem and productivity at home and in the workplace.

At Texas Health Resources we faced the problem head on through our Be Healthy THR program. Our belief is that healthier people will be happier – and more productive – employees. There’s also the potential side benefit of future lower health benefit costs.

Through Be Healthy THR, our organization offers employees the opportunity to lose weight through self-guided programs, group support programs and general nutrition information. We provide physical challenges that encourage our employees to exercise and become more active. We also offer tips on how to effectively deal with stress.

Since the beginning of the program earlier this year, our employees have lost a total of 12,679 pounds – the weight of a full-grown elephant! It’s amazing what a little encouragement and support can do to help employees reach their personal goals.

By investing in a healthy workforce, employers can make a positive contribution to both their workers and the community at large. We’ve seen the results in person and through our employee satisfaction survey where 83 percent of our employees say they’re happy with their jobs.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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