WellnessWorks and Crossgates River Oaks Hospital recently welcomed 100 guests representing over 50 area businesses to a health and wellness breakfast at the Brandon Civic Center. Designed to build enthusiasm for workplace health initiatives, the breakfast provided valuable healthcare information from two of the hospital’s physicians and encouraged area employers to make sure their employees were on the path to a healthy future.
At the breakfast, J. Allen Tyra, Crossgates River Oaks’ Chief Executive Officer, provided insight on how to motivate and inspire employees to maintain optimal health year-round. Tyra also shared Crossgates River Oaks’ employee health goals along with the hospital’s commitment to help businesses plan their own health and wellness events at their business locations.
“Crossgates River Oaks is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve, which means helping businesses reduce their employees' risks for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses,” Tyra said. "One important way we help the local workforce stay healthy is through our partnership with WellnessWorks. This important program helps provide businesses with ongoing communication and easy access to health care which improves the overall health and wellness of their most valuable assets – their employees.”
Audrey Densford, Corporate Health Consultant for WellnessWorks, gave the attendees an overview of the occupational health, wellness and safety program and its benefits to employers. “WellnessWorks can assist businesses by hosting employee health fairs and screenings and offering preventative programs such as health education and information in support of a healthy lifestyle. The best part is that most of the services we provide to the businesses are at no cost to them,” Densford said.
“As you already know, when your employees are healthy, this in turn results in greater success and profitability for you and your company,” Densford said. “A few of the benefits of WellnessWorks includes lower health care costs, reduced absenteeism, and increased productivity and morale. We have been successful at providing everything from on-site screenings and health education seminars to developing corporate wellness initiatives programs.”
Other speakers at the breakfast were Dr. William Lineaweaver, of Crossgates River Oaks’ Joseph M. Still Burn Center and Dr. Stephen Chouteau, physician at CarePlus Occupational Clinic in Pearl, Mississippi. Both physicians provided an overview of the medical services they provide to the community and answered questions from employers on how their employees could benefit in the event medical treatment is needed.
“In addition to WellnessWorks’ healthcare programs, Crossgates River Oaks supports numerous events and activities designed to promote physical exercise and healthy lifestyle decisions by its employees and the community, including the American Heart Association’s HeartWalk, March of Dimes’ Walk for Babies and American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,” Tyra concluded.