“We certainly encourage and recommend that other companies think about doing the same thing,” he said. “I think it was the total, team approach, with Hendricks Regional Health too, because I think we could have been a little bit successful if we had tried the whole program. The concerted effort to make it as official as it was is what made it successful.”
He added that it was a smart decision for a company to be invested in its employees’ health.
“I think certainly, as a company, we realize the value of healthier employees, produce better workers,” he said. “It helps keep our corporate cost for health expense down. It’s an investment from their standpoint too, to say that they get a better employee at the end of the day.”
Wiggington said based on the numbers, Wood-Mizer definitely got healthier as a result of the program.
“The total weight loss for the Indy company was 366 pounds,” he said. “(The company lost) 230 inches, which includes neck, chest, waist, hip, and lost over 4 percent of their weight as a group.”
For more information on the Fresh Start Challenge, call the Hendricks Regional Health Wellness Department at 718-8160.