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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Employee Wellness is Year-Round Focus
07/16/2012

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

June was National Employee Wellness Month, an initiative designed to help business leaders learn from best practices to engage employees in healthy behavior and reduce health care costs.

Texas Health focuses on the wellness of our employees each and every day, all year long. One of our goals is to help other forward-thinking organizations do the same. We intend to leverage the powerful role the workplace can play in helping employees make healthy behavior changes.

For example, Texas Health sponsors frequent, good-natured competition among our employees to take more steps, exercise more minutes and lose more weight than their peers. It’s a fun, interactive event among co-workers that encourages our employees to get healthy and stay healthy.

Our employees also can attend convenient on-site Weight Watchers meetings at no cost to them if they attend 10 of 13 meetings in the series. We have some amazing success stories of employees who have lost lots of weight, gotten off of blood pressure and cholesterol medication, have more energy, and are just plain happier.

These are only a few examples of how Texas Health is changing the way people think about their own health. Starting with our own organization, we are improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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