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WakeMed Named a 2014 TBJ Heathiest Employer of the Triangle

WakeMed employees accept the TBJ "Healthiest Employer" award.

Healthy food options, a tobacco-free policy, an on-site fitness center and incentives linked directly to our employee medical plan…these are just some of the things that WakeMed is doing to create the healthiest environment possible for employees.  As a result, the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) recognized WakeMed as a 2014 Healthiest Employer of the Triangle.

According to the TBJ, the Healthiest Employer of the Triangle Awards recognize companies and nonprofit entities that commit to making wellness a priority while proactively shaping the health of their employees. Winning companies completed an online assessment, and their wellness programs were compared with those of other employers across the region and nation. WakeMed was one out of 35 local companies chosen for the award. 

“At WakeMed, we value the health and well-being of our employees and want to make it easier for our employees to make healthy choices while at work,” commented Bob Nelson of the WakeMed Wellness Program.

Here are some things that make WakeMed such a healthy employer:

The WakeWell Reward
WakeWell Rewards provides incentives for WakeMed employees who take steps toward a healthier life.

Tobacco-Free Campuses
No smoking or tobacco products are permitted at any WakeMed facility or on any WakeMed campus.

Food Service/Healthy Options
Throughout all WakeMed facilities, healthy food options are available as part of the WakeMed Healthy Food Environment Policy.  This includes our cafeterias and vending machines.  In fact, the WakeMed Raleigh Campus cafeteria offers a designated low-calorie, low-sodium meal for lunch/dinner daily.

On-Site Fitness Center & Classes
Heathworks is a fitness center that is located on the Raleigh Campus.  It offers a variety of exercise machines and weights as well as group fitness classes and personal training.

Health Education
A plethora of health education is always available to our employees via our intranet site, external website and printed materials.

Community Focus
Regular free health events and screenings, the WakeMed Farmers’ Market and employees who volunteer their time and health expertise throughout the community all relate back to WakeMed’s focus and dedication to the health of our community and all who live here.

Walking Trails
The employees at WakeMed Cary Hospital benefit from the use of a designated outdoor walking trail.  Plans are currently in the works for walking trails to be created on other WakeMed campuses.