First Charleston Healthy Business Challenge celebrates successes at awards event

Partners and Sponsors of the Charleston Healthy Business Challenge - Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings, MUSC Director of Health Promotion Dr. Susan Johnson, Brandon Guest, Arthur J Gallagher Area President and Paul Wieters, City of Charleston Wellness Coordinator

Partners and Sponsors of the Charleston Healthy Business Challenge - Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings, MUSC Director of Health Promotion Dr. Susan Johnson, Brandon Guest, Arthur J Gallagher Area President and Paul Wieters, City of Charleston Wellness Coordinator.

Charleston, S.C. (Monday, December 7, 2015) – On Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 at The Maritime Center in Charleston, SC, 60 area businesses were recognized for their participation and successes in the first annual Charleston Healthy Business Challenge, a collaborative program developed by the City of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina with support from presenting sponsors Arthur J. Gallagher & Company and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. The purpose of the program is to encourage and assist businesses and organizations in establishing work environments that promote a culture of wellness.

The Challenge is free, voluntary and open to all business in the Charleston metropolitan area. Participants register online for access to the Charleston Healthy Business Challenge Scorecard which outlines various actions to take to create a healthier workplace. Over 350 participants attended Quarterly seminars hosted by MUSC and sponsored by MUSC, Sodexo, Coca-Cola, Prudential and CVS that focused on each of the four pillars of worksite wellness (healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free worksites and stress management) and provided participants with valuable tools and resources to help reach their worksite wellness goals. “We are changing the norm of the workplace environment to one that embraces a culture of wellness as the new standard operating procedure,” said Dr. Susan Johnson, director of health promotion at MUSC. “By making health a priority at work, we see changes in employees, in their families and in our communities.”

Several organizations who were awarded the Gold award shared strategies they implemented while participating in the challenge. Dixie Norris, director of human resources at Kiawah Partners stated that over 300 employees and spouses participated in their wellness program with significant personal health improvements as well as increased productivity and morale. Kristin Willman of Select Health described their employee community supported agriculture program and healthy snack bar while Whitney Stovall of LS3P Associates discussed their Ready.Set. Walk challenge. CMP Federal Credit Union offers wellness activities focusing on education, prevention and action and employees at Bishop Gadson are rewarded for wellness activities such as wearing a pedometer, eating healthy, taking the stairs rather than the elevator or biking to work.

A prize package provided by BlueCross Blue Shield of SC valued at $500 and consisting of on-site wellness consultations and sessions by MUSC Wellness professionals was awarded to Gold Level winners. The following businesses were recognized for their efforts:

Gold Level (11)
CPM Federal Credit Union
Charleston County Government
MUSC
City of Charleston
Select Health of South Carolina
Johnson & Johnson
Bishop Gadsden
LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD
Kiawah Partners
HUBNER Manufacturing
Arthur J Gallagher

Silver Level (9)
Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center
Mount Pleasant Waterworks
Charleston Southern University
Southern Diversified Distributors
BlueCross BlueShield of SC
SC Ports Authority
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
SCRA
East Cooper Meals on Wheels

Bronze Level (10)
Charlestowne Hotels
PMA Corp dba Spherion
ADC Engineering
Seamon Whiteside & Associates
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians
SCHDEC- Lowcountry Region
SCANA
The Village at Summerville
eSite, Inc.
Lem Walker Inc.

Participants (30)
Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston
JW Aluminum
Bluetowne
Thompson Heating & Air
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Rogers and Brown Custom Brokers
Blue Acorn
Centura College
Southcoast Community Bank
Bluetowne
Coastal Conservation League
Sonepar
Memminger Elementary
Food Source
Agfa Materials Corporation
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
CodeLynx
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
HLA Inc
Palmetto Railways
ZOO! Design Studios
Atlantic Spine Clinic
MWV
SIB Fixed Cost Reduction
Skytrotter Aviation
PEOPLEASE
Kapstone Paper
MTAG Services
City of Charleston Green Challenge
City of Charleston PP&S

Charleston Healthy Business Challenge is a free program to encourage and assist Charleston area businesses in establishing work environments that promote a culture of wellness.

Registration for the 2016 Charleston Healthy Business Challenge will begin January 29th and a kick-off event will provide interested businesses with additional information on the program. For more information on the Charleston Healthy Business Challenge, visit www.chbchallenge.com