MADISON — The employees of Boone Memorial Hospital just wrapped up the first round of a competition hosted by their Employee Wellness Committee.
Boone Memorial Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Virgil Underwood, said this program demonstrates how they are encourage a healthy lifestyle for the citizens of Boone County.
“This program is important. We will continue creating new avenues to allow our employees to better their overall health. As part of our mission and vision we strive to promote wellness and improve the health and quality of life for our patients and community. We want the same for our employees,” Underwood said.
Blitz Turner, the coordinator of the Employee Wellness Committee, said that they wanted to separate this competition from other wellness programs by not just focusing on weight loss.
Turner said that they created a goal list for teams to accomplish that also included items such as getting flu shots, wellness exams, completely physical activity three times a week and increasing water intake.
Turner said that while participation in a wellness program tends to result in weight loss, they didn’t want that to be their main focus here. Turner said it is important for BMH to improve the health of all those associated with the hospital.
“We continually try to create ways to better not only the health of our patients but that of our employees,” said Turner, “Therefore, we formed an Employee Wellness Committee who then developed a program to help make the goal more achievable.”
The winner of this most recent competition was the team led by Katie Tadlock. Underwood believes Tadlock’s team won because they were willing to make sacrifices.
“I believe strongly that our employees will live happier, longer lives if they make healthy life-style changes. We are all busy with 25-28 hours of responsibilities per day but you just have to make the time and do it. Katie’s team did just that, which is why they came out on top,” Underwood said, “You have to learn to let something else go in your busy daily routine in exchange for exercise or healthier choices. It’s a lifestyle change, but one that’s worth it.”
The winning team was giving the choice of being awarded a White Water Rafting Trip or a gift card. Tadlock hopes that her team can continue to excel.
“We are so excited to have won and we can’t wait to go rafting. We hope our team does just as well on the next employee wellness challenge. I personally have changed my eating habits and exercise regimen for the better. I have a weekly exercise schedule now that I’m strict about,” Tadlock said.
Terry Bartley is a freelance reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached 304-369-1165.