Charleston Healthy Business Challenge Celebrates Successes at Awards Event

SC Federal Credit Union awarded Platinum Level Recognition. Left to right: Paul Wieters, City of Charleston, Mike Harris, BCBSSC, Kimberly McLaughlin, SC Federal Credit Union, Mike Seekings, Charleston Mayor Pro Tem, and Dr. Susan Johnson, MUSC.

Charleston Healthy Business Challenge Celebrates Successes at Awards Event

New partners and engaged businesses are highlights of 2017 Charleston Healthy Business Challenge, a free program to encourage and assist Charleston area businesses in establishing work environments that promote a culture of well-being.

Charleston, S.C. (Friday, November 17, 2017) – On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Riley Park Club in Charleston, South Carolina, area businesses were recognized for their participation and successes in the third 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 sponsor 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 well-being. During opening remarks, Brandon Guest, AJG Area President said “The Charleston Healthy Business Challenge provided an environment to learn and share ways to build healthy organizations” and Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings discussed the importance of healthy businesses to a thriving community and congratulated award winners and participants.

The Challenge is free, voluntary and open to all business in the Charleston metropolitan area. Participants register online for access to the Strategy for Wellbeing Platform, provided by the South Carolina Hospital association which helps employers assess implementation of evidence-based best practices for effective wellness strategies. Over 300 participants attended networking seminars throughout the year, including Wellness Challenges that Work, held at the Charleston Maritime Center, Lifestyle Management for Total Wellbeing, held at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park Cooper River Room, and Greening the Workplace, held at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant, featuring Dr. Ann Kulze and her inspiring presentation about the health benefits of nature. 2017 Sponsors and partners include BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Charleston Regional Business Journal, Sodexo, Town of Mount Pleasant, NashFm, MUSC, City of Charleston, Founders Hall, & Verde.

“We are changing the norm of the workplace environment to one that embraces a culture of well-being 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 attended the awards event to share valuable tools and resources to help participants reach their worksite wellness goals and included Lowcountry Local First, Zipongo, MUSC Business Health, O2 Fitness, Gotcha Bikes, South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well and BlueCross BlueShield of SC and graciously provided door prizes while attendees enjoyed delicious, healthy treats catered by Riley Park Club and Merchantile & Mash.

According to Mike Harris, vice president of major group sales at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, helping customers achieve improved health status is a long-term commitment. He said, “There are no quick fixes in this effort. Changing behavior and improving health status is a worthy long-term investment. The payoff is an improved quality of life and mitigation in the rise of health care costs. We hope that our participation again this year signals the seriousness of our intent to play a role in improving the health of customers and our communities.”

The following businesses were recognized for their efforts:

1. Charleston County Consolidated
2. City of Charleston
3. Dispatch 9.1.1. Center
4. Equiscript
5. Hubner US
6. Medical University of South Carolina
7. Select Health of SC
8. South Carolina Federal Credit Union

1. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
2. Boeing Company
3. Charleston County Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Center
4. Charleston County Government
5. CPM Federal Credit Union
6. Johnson & Johnson Insurance Manager
7. Kiawah Partners
8. Mount Pleasant Waterworks
9. Move IT! Charleston County Office
10. Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center
11. Sonepar

1. Life Cycle Engineering
2. Lowcountry Food Bank
3. NFP Charleston
4. Trident Medical Center

1. Charleston County Aviation Authority
2. Briteline Extrusions
3. Whole Building Systems

1. BoomTown ROI
2. Charleston Wine and Food
3. The Gotcha Group

Registration for the 2018 Charleston Healthy Business Challenge will begin Jan. 31 and a kick-off event will provide interested businesses with additional information on the program.