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One Southern Indiana launches initiative to encourage healthier lifestyles

Programs aimed at area businesses, public

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2015) — One Southern Indiana announced today two new initiatives to help employers encourage healthier lifestyles among their employees.

obese_kidsThe first initiative is “Smaller Waists for a Better Workplace,” a weight loss competition where teams of five will compete for a variety of prizes. Teams must include at least two women and will be weighed as a team by confidential medical professionals at the kickoff event on Jan. 21 at the Christian Academy of Indiana and again at the wrap-up even on March 4. The contest is open to the public and the team with the highest percentage of weight loss as a whole will be the winner. Other achievements, such as team spirit and individual weight loss will be rewarded. The cost to participate is $10 per person.

The second initiative is the introduction of a Growing Healthy Lives Award which is the newest award being presented at the 1si Annual Business Awards on March 10 at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards. Sponsored by the Wellness Coalition of Southern Indiana, this award will recognize 1si members that have gone above and beyond normal employer efforts in the areas of employee health and wellness. Nominations for the award have been accepted and independent judges will be choosing the business that has best built an environment that has positively shown to improve employee health outcomes, increase productivity and lower healthcare costs.

“In 2014, the Robert Wood Foundation Program County Health Rankings placed both Clark and Floyd Counties in the lower 50 percent in the state,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si. “That statistic is even more troubling considering that Indiana now has the ninth highest adult obesity rate in the nation and Kentucky has the fifth.”

Sponsorships are available.  For more information on either initiative, contact Josh Suiter at [email protected] or (812) 206-9024