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Columbus Light & Water became a Healthy Workplace in late 2009 and had 95 percent of employees complete the Personal Wellness Profile (PWP) during the first year. The group has established a strong wellness champion within the past year and is diligently working to sustain its wellness program. Their leadership team is actively involved, however they face challenges with shift workers and current business needs.
Many Columbus Light & Water employees are challenged with finding time to devote to their health, and therefore making it part of their workplace culture. Business leaders demonstrated their support and many employees were eager to participate, however there was a negative stigma in regards to eating healthy and exercising. With a male dominant workforce, many employees had a tendency not take healthy habits seriously.
Columbus Light & Water and the Healthy Workplace staff worked together to schedule meetings to allow all employees the opportunity to participate, including meetings tied in with other trainings to ensure all employees were in attendance. The employees valued having the opportunity to take time out of the work day to realize how important their health and well-being is to the company. In 2010, Columbus Light & Water employees began their Healthy Workplace initiatives by completing a Health Risk Assessment and Health Screenings. Employees were very open to participating in the HRA and screenings.The Results
Employees who participate in regular exercise increased from 23 percent in 2010 to 43 percent in 2013. Self-reported good nutrition habits also increased from 5 percent to 14 percent and good stress management skills increased from 80 percent to 95 percent.
The biometric depiction below reflects all Columbus Light and Water employees who completed the Personal Wellness Profile (PWP) from 2010 through 2013. With this population, we see a similar health status picture. The number of employees at risk for diabetes significantly decreased from 44 percent in the first year to 26 percent in the fourth year. Those at risk for high cholesterol also decreased. There was a significant reduction of 21 percent in those with high blood pressure. The proposed activities for this year target also focuses on continuing to improve these risk categories.