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PREVENTION PARTNERS
June 28, 2011

About two years ago, the SC Hospital Association Board of Trustees instructed our staff to initiate a statewide campaign within our membership to rid our campuses of trans-fat in cafeterias and vending machines, and we really thought we were about to embark on something big. Later conversations with a statewide prevention organization broadened our thoughts of what we could achieve to improve population health, and a simple internet search into what hospitals in NC were doing in wellness led us to NC Prevention Partners.

What a God-send they have been. As partners, SCHA and NCPP has assessed worksite wellness in hospitals across the state of SC and is now leading a statewide campaign to encourage 80,000 hospital employees to make healthy food choices, become more physically active and stop tobacco use.

NCPP has also assisted SCHA in leading members by example. Our organization has revamped our catering menu for heart healthy options, instituted workouts at work, has fresh produce delivered to staff from a local CSA, etc. And our employees are seeing the benefits of healthier lifestyles.

"Partners" is such a fitting word for this organization, as we are truly in this effort together. I have never personally met people so passionate and optimistic about their work and improving public health.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...my personal life. I'm more physically active, I make better food choices, and I'm more determined to assist people with smoking cessation. And because I now make healthier choices, so does my family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...transfer them to the state of SC! Ok, I wouldn't be a hog... maybe I'd place one NCPP in each state. Their work is impacting lives...seriously.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & SCHA and NCPP assessed worksite wellness policies and practices in SC's hospitals, and in January 2011 began a three-year statewide campaign centered around nutrition, physical activity and tobacco prevention.