HEALTHIEST MARYLAND BUSINESSES NEWSLETTER
Central Maryland Region
     
October, 2014
    
*New This Month*

Thank you to all the businesses attending our yearly Forum, 
How to Design, Implement and Evaluate a Meaningful Health Fair
We hope you found the vendors and resources helpful in moving forward with your own fairs. 
Be sure to let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

 October is Chiropractic Health Month  

 

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

 

Doctors of Chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

 

Healthiest Maryland Businesses is proud to include chiropractic offices as member organizations. Howard County Chiropractic Spine and Sports Rehabilitation offers FREE lunch and learn opportunities on a wide variety of topics. For information, please contact chiro.spinesport@verizon.net

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE REGION 

 

Saval Foods Corporation has two locations in the Central Maryland Region, a broad line foodservice distribution center in Elkridge and a manufacturing plant in Baltimore. Their worksite wellness offerings are varied and strongly supported by company owners and management. Here's how it works:

                                                  

           Program Description

  • A tiered premium protocol for health insurance rewards good behavior

  • An activity committee AND a wellness committee were created

  • A budget for wellness and employee activities support wellness and safety initiatives and promote Saval as a great place to work

  • Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB) designation was achieved to further show commitment to employee health and wellness

  • Results of the HMB Health ScoreCard were shared with staff

  • An annual needs/interest survey tracks employee morale

  • Whenever possible, employee ideas are integrated into programming

  • Coordinated stretching breaks are offered three times per day

  • Health fairs are offered periodically

  • Lunch-and-Learns are offered occasionally

  • A quarterly newsletter that includes health related information and employee recognition is distributed

  • Plans are in place to develop additional policies and programs

  • Vending options are reviewed on a regular basis

  • Organic produce is for sale on-site so that employees have easy, ready access

  • Safety is a top-of-mind initiative led by a Safety Manager and supported with aggressive training and programming in place


     
    Resources

  • Owners recognize the importance of employee health and wellness thus make available funding for activities and programs

  • Time spent managing the program is ongoing; about 5 hours a month which includes the activities and wellness committee meetings. Translation services are provided when needed

     

    Evaluation

  • A suggestion box is available

  • An open door policy is in effect and staff feels free to comment, in person, on wellness activities and programming

  • Healthcare costs are reduced for those participating in wellness programs

  • Biometrics are collected and compared to previous years thus allowing management to evaluate participation rates and successes

  • Access to aggregate claims data allows the planning committees to target programming to top health concerns

For more information on Saval Foods Corporation's wellness efforts, please contact Ledia Hill at lediahill@savalfoods.com

   

If you would like your wellness program highlighted in this newsletter, please contact psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SERVICES AND EVENTS
 

Baltimore County Department of Aging's Baby Boomer 50 Plus Expo is October 22 -23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. For more information, visit www.seniorexpoonline.com/


 

Baltimore Running Festival is October 18 from 8 AM - 3 PM at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Runners from around the world and right here in Baltimore race to the finish line during the area's premier marathon. Various types of races are available, as well as a fitness expo and festivities for runners of all ages held throughout the day. For more information, visit www.thebaltimoremarathon.com.


Food Day is October 24. This nationwide celebration  and movement is to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable food. For more information on how your business can participate, please viit www.foodday.org. 

Howard County's 50 Plus Expo is Friday, October 17 from 9 AM - 4 PM at 
Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.  For information on this event, click here.

The Door to Healthcare is open to you and your employees 
as circumstances change regarding  health insurance. 
For information on how the Door to Healthcare can help, click here.

Pass it Forward Maryland is hosting its forth annual community health fair on October 11 from 
10 AM - 2 PM at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia. For more information, click here.
 
Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) offers many free resources. 
For a list, please visit www.welcoa.org/freeresources/.

October Health Observances

Breast Cancer Awareness Month   www.cancer.org

Chiropractic Health Month   www.acatoday.org
Dental Hygiene Month  
www.adha.org

Disability Employment Awareness Month   www.dol.gov/odep

Domestic Violence Awareness Month   www.nrcdv.org/dvam
Eye Injury Prevention Month  
www.geteyesmart.org
Health Literacy Month  
www.healthliteracymonth.org

Home Eye Safety Month   www.preventblindness.org 

Medical Librarians Month    www.mlanet.org

Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month   www.sdms.org/resources/muam/default.asp 

Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month   www.planetree.org

Pharmacists Month   www.pharmacist.com 

Physical Therapy Month   www.moveforwardpt.com 

SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month   www.firstcandle.org
Talk About Prescriptions Month  
www.talkaboutrx.org


 


This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only.
Inclusion in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by 
Healthy Howard, Inc. or the Howard County Health Department.
For information on this newsletter and Healthiest Maryland Businesses, email psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org or call 410-313-6268.