Farmington Hills, MI (December 12, 2008)--- For more than one year, Botsford Hospital’s employee wellness program, B-HIP (Botsford- Health Improvement Plan), has been working to improve Botsford’s employees’ overall health, as well as looking to save money on health care expenses. With the help of Healthy Ventures, an Orchard Lake based preventative health care company, 646 Botsford employees took Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) to learn about their health risks.
The confidential assessments consisted of height, weight, waist and blood pressure measurements, combined with a written questionnaire and a simple glucose/total cholesterol blood test. The B-HIP committee received an aggregate report, which detailed the current overall health of Botsford employees.
After reviewing the results, many of the findings matched the Surgeon General for the State of Michigan’s scientific report, Healthy Michigan 2010- Prescription for a Healthier Michigan. The state results show that 77 percent of Michigan adults eat fewer than the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Based on Botsford’s results, 92 percent do not eat the recommend servings. The state results show that approximately 53 percent of Michigan adults do not participate in the recommended level of physical activity. Botsford’s results show that 40 percent of employees perform little or no exercise.
The Surgeon General’s report also states that more than 70 percent of health care costs are directly attributable to chronic disease, much of what could be prevented through lifestyle behavioral changes. One of the Surgeon General’s recommendations is to encourage employees to adopt and practice good health habits through worksite wellness activities. The B-HIP committee plans to do just this.
Over the next year, the committee will target programs based on the areas of health concerns from the HRA results. Some of the plans include nutrition seminars, fitness programs with easy-to-do exercises, walking activities and handouts on healthy living. Healthy Ventures will continue to assist Botsford with advisement on their wellness program including contests and incentives, which are a great motivator for preventative health programs. The committee also plans to offer the HRAs again next year and hopes the results have improved as employees begin to adopt better health habits.
Lynn Curtis, co-chair of the B-HIP committee, says, “As health care workers, we often think about others first and forget to take care of our own health. The B-HIP committee is committed to being on the cutting edge of preventative health programs for our employees and helping to improve their health. This in turn enables us to provide a happy, healthy hospital environment that our patients and community can use as an example of a healthy, quality way of life.”
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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