University Of Pennsylvania Health Systems Gets Healthy At Work
Over the past two years, University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) participated in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Employer Wellness Program as part of the Department of Public Health’s Get Healthy Philly initiative.
UPHS has made health in the workplace one of its top priorities. It has successfully implemented several initiatives aimed at improving the health of their employees.
In July 2011, UPHS adopted a vending policy which required that at least 30% of the foods offered in vending machines meet healthy criteria. Stickers were placed in the machines to identify the healthy options.
UPHS also offered financial incentives to all employees who completed a Personal Health Assessment ($130), which was distributed in $5 increments per two-week pay period.
To further promote a healthy culture in the workplace, in December 2011, UPHS launched a branded website that focuses only on health and wellness tools, benefits and programming for employees. Other than healthy eating, UPHS has implemented policies and practices that encourage employees to quit smoking.