April 15, 2011 - BJC HealthCare Recognized for Promoting Employee Health
The Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) recently presented BJC with the Value-Based Health Award for providing significant health opportunities for its employees.

IHPM’s Value-Based Health Award recognizes corporations that encourage and appreciate their employees’ health. The application process focuses on how organizations identify and develop engaging and creative innovations that encourage employees to lead healthier, more productive lives.

BJC launched the Help for Your Health program -- for its 27,000 employees -- in 2003. A key component of Help for Your Health is free annual employee health fairs measuring blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index. Almost 13,000 BJC employees took advantage of these free health screenings in 2010.

BJC also offers a discount in health insurance premiums for employees who take a confidential health risk assessment, pledge to continue a healthy lifestyle and either do not use tobacco or enroll in a free tobacco cessation program.

Employees benefit from a variety of inventive and fun food service programs, exercise and weight loss partners, and other incentives to commit to screenings, like mammograms, skin cancer, prostate and colonoscopies.

BJC Help for Your Health annually recognizes employees -- nominated by coworkers -- for improving his or her health or motivating others to become more involved in their own well-being.

Each component of Help for Your Health strives to engage employees in taking care of their health through education, awareness and motivation.

BJC by the Numbers
  • Employee health fair participation has risen each year
  • In 2010, the 69 employee health fairs hosted 12,950 participants:
    • 74 employees were newly diagnosed with diabetes
    • 9 percent of attendees found out they measured “at risk” for diabetes
  • Over a 5-year period, the percentage of “at risk” blood pressure readings and body mass index numbers has declined
  • BJC offers 192 cafeteria menu items prepared using Weight Watchers recipes
  • In 2010, BJC employees lost:
    • 2,493 pounds using Weight Watchers at Work
    • 3,485 pounds combined from the on-site Biggest Loser and 10K/Day groups
  • 797 individuals joined the BJC WellAware Center (BJC’s St. Louis campus exercise facility)