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Working Well Initiative in S.C. Expanded to Government, Schools, and Non-Profit and and For-Profit Businesses

NC Prevention Partners will be expanding the South Carolina Working Well initiative in partnership with Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina and the South Carolina Hospital Association. The expansion marks the first time that Working Wellwill be available to organizations other than hospitals. It is funded by South Carolina’s Community Transformation Grant, the Healthy South Carolina Initiative.

Working Well will provide full license access to WorkHealthy AmericaSM for 43 South Carolina organizations. These organizations are primarily located in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties and include local government, school districts, and non-profit and for-profit private businesses.

Rozalynn Goodwin, Director of Policy Research at the South Carolina Hospital Association, says, “Working Well has been successful at making South Carolina hospitals a healthy place for employees. This expansion will build upon this success and give employees of other organizations the chance to become healthier at work.”

Working Well has reached 50 South Carolina hospitals and has improved workplace wellness for 64,885 hospital employees. Twenty hospitals have achieved Gold Star, Gold Apple or Gold Medal status as measured by NCPP’s WorkHealthy AmericaSM. Other hospitals have shown improvements in nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation.

The Working Well expansion will help businesses build wellness cultures that promote a tobacco-free environment, affordable and delicious healthy food, and opportunities to be physically active during the workday. Lindsey Bickers Bock, Health Promotion Manager at NC Prevention Partners who supports the South Carolina Working Well initiative, says, “The expansion will help worksites assess, implement and maintain evidence-based and effective policies for worksite wellness.”

About the expansion, Amy Splittgerber, Executive Director at Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina, says, “We are happy to continue our partnership with NC Prevention Partners to promote workplace wellness for a diverse array of workplaces.”

WorkHealthy AmericaSM licenses were provided to organizations starting June 1, 2012