University Hospital's Community Efforts Lead to BlueCross BlueShield Recognition

University Hospital's Community Efforts Lead
to BlueCross BlueShield Recognition
March 20, 2015

 

 

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Erica C. Cline ericacline@uh.org; 706-828-2225 March 20, 2015

 

University Hospital's Community Efforts Lead to BlueCross BlueShield Recognition

Savannah River Remediation LLC earns LiveLifeBlue Workplace Wellness Award

COLUMBIA - Savannah River Remediation LLC at the Savannah River Site has been named the overall winner of the BlueCross BlueShield LiveLifeBlueSM workplace wellness competition. University Hospital was noted as playing a large part in the company's wellness program.

At Savannah River Remediation, as just one component of its program, the company hosted The Biggest Winner campaign, a six-month team-based challenge for employees to compete to lose weight and achieve good body mass index, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol measures. The company partnered with BlueCross, University Hospital of Augusta and Outspoken' Bicycles of Augusta. Twenty participants lost more than 25 pounds, four lost more than 50 pounds and the top weight loss recorded was 63 pounds. Altogether, the 172 participants lost approximately 2,000 pounds, or one ton of weight.

Companies across South Carolina are investing in wellness programs because the return is not only in savings in their own health plan but in the improved quality of life for their employees. We congratulate all these companies for going the extra mile to become LiveLifeBlue winners, said BlueCross Vice President Matt Shaffer.

Leila Lawson, community relations specialist at University Health Care System, said it was an easy decision to become a part of SSR's growing wellness program.

It was very rewarding for us at University to see the excitement from the participants as they lost weight and improved their health over the course of the program, she said.

University Health Care System has an ongoing commitment to community and corporate health that includes free community education classes as well as health screening events and fairs.

 

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