Pella Chronicle

November 11, 2011

Well Workplace Award for Pella Regional

The Chronicle

Pella — The Wellness Councils of America, with its local affiliate, the Wellness Council of Iowa, recently awarded Pella Regional Health Center with the designation of a silver-level Well Workplace.

The Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of its employees. The Well Workplace designation is awarded throughout the year to employers from around the nation. Wellness initiatives at Pella Regional include, but are not limited to:

-Lab draws (includes complete metabolic profile with lipids). Vitamin D levels are available for nominal cost. Spouses pay a nominal fee for the lab draws.

-Biometric testing (including % body fat).

-Wellness screenings offered throughout the year, including: blood pressure, bone density, glucose, audiology/hearing and skin cancer screenings.

-All Pella Regional employees receive free flu vaccinations annually.

Employees are encouraged to develop healthy lifestyle habits throughout the year by participating in a variety of programs. Live Healthy Iowa, a teamwork-driven wellness program, is designed to help participants make positive and lasting changes in the areas of physical activity and weight loss. Passport to Fitness is a program designed to promote nutrition and physical activity. Pella Regional employees and family members may use the fitness center and equipment located in cardiac rehab at no cost. Indoor and outdoor walking paths are designated for physical activity.

The Pella Regional cafeteria and vending machines offer a variety of healthy choices throughout the day, including a full salad bar. Nutritional information is posted.

“The Well Workplace initiative provides employers with a powerful approach to stemming the tide of increasing healthcare costs and systematically working toward improving the health and well-being of their most valuable asset – their employees,” said Wellness Council of Iowa executive director, Craig Hanken. “Pella Regional Health Center’s commitment to providing a healthy and productive work environment is an amazing achievement.”

The Wellness Council of Iowa is Iowa’s only state-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of Iowa’s workforce. Nearly 200 companies, employing over 500,000 Iowans, count themselves as members of the organization and are dedicated to making Iowa’s workforce the healthiest in the nation.