HICKORY, NC – June 29, 2017 – The WellBusiness Advisory Council announced 25 recipients of WellBusiness
recognition during an awards luncheon held at Catawba Country Club on
June 29. Now in its third year, the WellBusiness program recognizes local
businesses for their efforts to improve employee health and wellness.
To earn a WellBusiness designation, companies of all sizes demonstrated
their commitment to meeting proven worksite wellness standards in policy
and organizational support, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity,
and prevention, screening and early detection support.
Companies receiving gold WellBusiness designation are Alicia Carroll, MD,
Broome Associated Insurance, Catawba County Government, Catawba Valley
Medical Center, CertainTeed, City of Hickory, CommScope, Frye Regional
Medical Center, Gaston Family Health Services, HSM Solutions, Transportation
Insight, US Conec and the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Silver WellBusiness designers are Century Furniture, City of Newton, Lenoir-Rhyne
University, McCreary Modern, Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba
Valley, Sherrill Furniture, United Church Homes & Services and Vanguard
Furniture. Lexington Home Brands, Martin Starnes & Associates, Special
Metals Welding Products Company and WestRock earned bronze WellBusiness
Companies documented their worksite wellness practices through a no-fee
application process. Additional criteria included the company being located
entirely or partially in Catawba County with wellness practices impacting
employees in Catawba County. Achievement levels were factored into the
program to make recognition accessible to businesses of all sizes, industries
Companies earning WellBusiness designation receive program publicity and
advertising, an award certificate and banner, access to networking and
technical resources, plus the ability to market the company as a WellBusiness
in promotion and workforce recruitment.
“Being named a WellBusiness is a way for local companies to show
their dedication to the health and wellness of their employees and the
community as a whole,” said Honey Estrada, Coordinator of The Health
First Center and Mobile Wellness, Catawba Valley Medical Center. “We
would like to congratulate these WellBusinesses for making health a priority
and for embracing evidence-based wellness practices that not only provide
outstanding wellness opportunities to employees, but also create environments
where health is a sustainable practice.”
WellBusiness standards were developed after a thorough review of evidence-based
and best practice worksite wellness recommendations from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Preventive Services
Task Force (USPSTF), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’
Community Preventive Services Task Force.
The WellBusiness initiative, which is comprised of volunteer representatives
from area hospitals, healthcare providers, nonprofits, businesses, service
agencies, and local government, works to improve employee health and wellness
by implementing community health strategies. WellBusiness is facilitated
by The Health First Center of Catawba Valley Medical Center, the region’s
not-for-profit community hospital dedicated to addressing Catawba County’s
health priorities. For more information, about the WellBusiness program,
please contact Honey Estrada, Coordinator of The Health First Center and
Mobile Wellness, Catawba Valley Medical Center at 828.485.2300 x6201.