Original Date: 07/18/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Wellness Center
Mason & Hanger (M&H) established a Wellness Center in 1988 to help address the rising health care cost of the work force. Originally designed to primarily focus on the physical aspects of the employees with a concentration on fitness testing and cardiovascular screening, the Center has since emphasized the "whole person" to maintain a healthy workforce.
In 1992, the Wellness Center added a wellness professional and a lab technician to coordinate programs and emphasize the condition of the whole employee. Activities include a blend of : On-site exercise facilities
Health education activities
Preventive health testing
Lifestyle improvement classes
Health incentive programs
Wellness library available to employees and their families
The exercise facilities are open 24 hours a day with flexible staff supervision to accommodate any work shift. Based on its success and need, the Wellness Center maintains future plans to continue staff education, increase the variety and scope of the programs, improve communication of wellness activities, and expand the Center to meet the increased demands for counseling, training, and exercise facilities.
Employee awareness of the Wellness Center and its activities has risen since the 1992 expansion. Participants in activities has correspondingly grown from 350 per month in September 1992 to 650 per month in May 1994. The number of employees and family members using the Wellness Center facilities has increased from 300 to 500 per month during the same time frame.
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