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Pontotoc Spring, one of 14 divisions of Matthew Warren Industries, is a manufacturing facility located in Pontotoc, Miss. They produce hot-wound coil springs and maintain a metal stamping operation that manufactures more than 400 parts. Matthew Warren Industries is the second largest and most diversified specialty spring and fastener manufacturer in the United States. Pontotoc Spring is an underwritten group with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi with 100 employees. They became a Healthy Workplace in 2009 and continue to build on their worksite wellness initiatives. Company leadership has been supportive from the beginning, forming a wellness committee of employees representing every area within the factory. Employee participation is some of the highest of any Healthy Workplace group, with almost 100% participation for every activity.
The greatest challenge faced by Pontotoc Spring employees was finding time to devote to their health, and therefore making it part of their workplace culture. The majority of the employees work 12 hour shifts, which begin at varying times. There are also many employees who work through the night. For employees with extended shifts and physically-demanding occupations, it can be difficult to take time to exercise and eat healthy. Also, being a mostly male population, employees had a tendency to joke about making healthy choices. Employees all eat together on their breaks, and bringing a "healthy" lunch to work is not popular. Lunchtime and breaks are the only time employees have to relax, so the tendency was to indulge in comfort foods that make them feel good.
Pontotoc Spring and the Healthy Workplace staff worked together to schedule meetings so no employee would be left out, including meeting in the early morning hours. This helped address the timing challenge. These efforts showed employees that they were important to Pontotoc Spring and how much their health and well-being matters to the company. Employees were very open to participating in the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and screenings from the very beginning. Using the results from the HRAs and screening, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi health and wellness team put together employee activities that were specifically designed to support the specific needs and interests of Pontotoc Spring employees. An essential contributing factor to Pontotoc Spring's success was the formation of a Wellness Committee comprised of leaders throughout the factory who would serve as wellness "champions." The committee continues to meet, as needed, to develop ideas to engage employees in health and wellness initiatives.The Results
In 2009, 91% of Pontotoc Spring employees participated in the PWP and health screening. They had 95% participation in 2010, 100% in 2011 and 96% in 2012. Over the course of three years, the number of employees with diabetes decreased from 20% in 2009 to 11% in 2012. The number of employees exercising has increased by 5% in three years, and there has been an 11% decrease in the number of employees with a low HDL (good) cholesterol measurement. Lifestyle changes reflecting nutrition habits improved from 10% in 2009 to 16% in 2012. The number of employees receiving a complete Healthy You! exam has increased by 30% since 2009.