We spend most of our waking hours at work.  For many, that involves coming into an office environment and working, seated, at a desk. This type of routine, without proper diet and exercise, can take a toll on a person’s health. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more companies are working to create a office environments that support health and wellness. Good health benefits both the employee and the company.

Over the last 4 years, HCA has increasingly focused on the importance of wellness.  This has been evident on two fronts, nationally and locally.  Nationally, HCA has provided employees the opportunity to participate in a wellness screening program, personal health assessment, health action plan, and H2U Health Coaching Program.  This national initiative is allowing employees the opportunity to learn where they stand health-wise, and the opportunity to do something about it.

Locally, at the HCA Corporate Campus, we are doing many things to help promote a culture of wellness.  Some of these initiatives include:

  • Working with our cafeteria vendor, on menu labeling for better educated food purchases, offering a wide variety of items with healthy nutrition being the focus, but still offering those comfort foods we all love in moderation.
  • Promoting health challenges like the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Competition, Passport to Wellness Program, Hold the Stuffing Challenge Weight Maintenance Challenge, The Amazing Race, etc…
  • Offering onsite fitness centers and racquetball courts for employee use, along with various fitness classes offered throughout the workday.
  • Creation of the HCA Cycling Team which promotes cycling to beginners to avid cyclist with recreational rides and being represented in various charity rides across the Nashville area.
  • Participation in the Nashville Corporate Challenge Racing Series, which employees represent HCA in a series of 6 5k’s throughout the year and compete against other companies in the Nashville area.
  • Implementing Couch to 5k training programs with a nearby running store for employees.
  • Healthy Cooking classes offered in our cafeteria and soon to be available on the Corporate Wellness Podcast channel.
  • Supporting a Consumer Supported Agriculture program with a local farm for employees to get improved access to locally grown produce.

All of these small steps are beginning to add up as more and more employees are contacting me wanting to know when our next wellness challenge is. People outside the company are taking notice too. Recently, the Corporate Campus Program received two awards for our efforts.  The American Heart Association Fit Friendly Company Awards recognized our efforts in 2012 and again in 2013 at the Gold Level Award.  And Nashville Mayor Karl Dean recognized the Corporate Campus Wellness Program through his Mayor’s Workplace Challenge Program with the Gold Level Award.