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25 local employers who were recognized by the 2018 WellBusiness program for their efforts to promote and support employee wellness.
HICKORY, NC – June 22, 2018 – The WellBusiness Advisory Council announced 25 recipients of WellBusiness
recognition during an awards luncheon held at Catawba Country Club on
June 21. Now in its fourth 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 Broome Associated
Insurance, Catawba County Government, Catawba Valley Health System, Century
Furniture, City of Hickory, CommScope, Corning Optical Communications,
Frye Regional Medical Center, Gaston Family Health Services, HSM Solutions,
Martin Starnes & Associates, Transportation Insight, US Conec and
the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Silver WellBusiness designees are Lenoir-Rhyne University, McCreary Modern,
Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley, Sherrill Furniture,
United Church Homes & Services and Vanguard Furniture. Lexington Home
Brands, Shuford Yarns, Surtape Technologies, Special Metals Welding Products
Company and WestRock Conover earned bronze WellBusiness designation.
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 Health System. “We
would like to congratulate all 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 Health System, the region’s
not-for-profit community health system dedicated to addressing Catawba
County’s health priorities. For more information about the WellBusiness
program, please visit