September 18th, 2001

Great River Medical Center has earned the bronze Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America. It is given only to America’s healthiest companies.

Established in 1991, the awards initiative recognizes companies the meet strict standards for improving employee health. Great River Medical Center is the only well workplace within nearly 100 miles. Well workplaces are reviewed every three years.

The application for the award was based on results of an eight-month program developed by Corporate Fitness Coordinator Jamie Dengler, Center for Rehabilitation. Called Building Blocks, the program offered a series of six steps to improving overall health: wellness screening, physical activity, nutrition, stress management, self-care and alternative therapies.

Of the 120 employees who completed the program, 83 percent increased physical activity, 66 percent improved their nutrition, 44 percent lost weight, 41 percent felt a decrease in stress, 26 percent lost body fat and 19 percent reduced cholesterol.

“We applied for the bronze award, which usually is given to new programs that show a solid foundation for success,” Dengler said. “As our projects grow, we will meet criteria for higher-level awards.”