Howard Young Health Care leads in pounds lost for charity through Ministry Health Care wellness

Woodruff, WI—In the fall, during the first quarter of a new program designed to help Ministry Health Care employees lose weight, almost 6,000 pounds were lost, system-wide. As the second quarter of the Tangerine Wellness Program came to an end, Howard Young Health Care (HYHC) placed first in the team competition for overall percentage of weight lost.
Ministry Health Care’s program, “A Healthier You” utilizes the Tangerine Wellness Program to help employees lose weight. This nationally-recognized program is now in place at many large corporations and achieving results. And the results at Ministry Health Care continue to be very successful.
During the second quarter, 1,237 participants, or 25 percent of eligible employees participated throughout the Ministry Health Care system. At HYHC, a total loss of 189 pounds earned employees $5,000 for a charity of their choice. This is in addition to the $2,500 that was earned the first quarter.
The Lakeland Area Food Pantry and the Vilas County Food Pantry will each receive $2,500 as the result of the efforts of HYHC employees. Both of these local food pantries provide much needed assistance to their communities and will benefit from their support.
”The Lakeland Area Food Pantry is most impressed with the ongoing efforts of Ministry Health Care employees as they continue to lose weight with the guidance of the Tangerine Program,” said Pam Winkelman of the Lakeland Area Food Pantry.
The program brings great benefit to the organization in such things as a healthier workforce, less absenteeism, reduced health care benefits costs, greater continuity of care as a result of less absenteeism, and improved patient care.
The program also has benefits for the individual to participate beyond those of better health. Employees receive $5 for each percent of weight loss they achieve through the program. This incentive is cumulative and carries into subsequent quarters. During the first quarter successful participants combined received nearly $21,000 from the program’s individual incentive approach.
Since the start of this program, hospital cafeterias and vending machines started offering healthier food options for employees. Since October, cafeterias are offering 50 percent of their menus following American Heart Association FIT guidelines for healthy eating. Employees and visitors who choose healthier options can participate in a punch card program that offers free meals for regular participation which amounts to approximately a 20 percent discount in cost.
“We are again thankful for this generous donation to the food pantry, and are proud of the Ministry Health Care employees for choosing to live a healthy life style,” said Pam Zaugg from the Vilas County Food Pantry.

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