As a health-care organization, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has a responsibility to provide extraordinary care for patients, and to be a community leader as a workplace that supports employee wellness. As a result of LG Health’s commitment to the health of its employees, the organization recently received a Platinum Well Workplace award for the fourth consecutive year.
The Well Workplace awards, presented by Lighten Up Lancaster County, LiveWell Lancaster County and Central Penn Business Group on Health, are awarded to companies that have developed exemplary programs supporting the health and well-being of their employees.
“Year after year, employers offer unique and varied opportunities for their employees to improve their health. They commit both time and resources to making their programs a success,” said Diane Hess, executive director of the Central Penn Business Group on Health.
For 15 years, the goal of LG Health’s employee wellness program, MyHealthyLiving, has been to inspire employees to take charge of their health and well-being by practicing healthy behaviors. As the organization has grown, so has MyHealthyLiving. The program now offers wellness services to over 8,000 LG Health employees and their spouses, regardless of their enrollment in the organization’s health plan.
“By providing tools and resources that are easy to practice, we integrate wellness as an important component of day-to-day habits. Creating a supportive work culture is a key priority and is accomplished through, leadership messaging, healthier food initiatives, a tobacco-free workplace, supportive health-system policies and offering innovative programs to empower employees to make healthy choices, while earning financial incentives,” explained Kline.
By offering a wide array of programs that focus on physical activity, mental health, nutrition and prevention, LG Health has made a considerable impact on employee health.
The most dramatic results include 43 percent of program participants moving to a healthier weight range, 71 percent of users with stage 2 high blood pressure moving to a healthier stage, and 36 percent of participants with prediabetes moving to the low-risk range.
“Our approach to well-being continues to focus on awareness, education and behavior change. We recognize each employee is at a different place in their own health and wellness journey and understand the importance in offering a variety of programs in various learning environments,” said Kline. “For this reason, we are committed to implementing strategies that meet employees where they are and teach them the skills they need to confidently make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle.”