September 30, 2015 - O’Neal Industries, Birmingham, Ala., and its affiliate companies have been selected as a 2015 C. Everett Koop National Health Award recipient in recognition for their LIVESMART employee health and wellness program. Awarded by The Health Project and named in honor of Dr. C. Everett Koop, the former Surgeon General of the United States, the Koop Award recognizes health enhancement programs and requires strong documentation of both health improvement and cost savings. Chairman and CEO Craft O’Neal was presented with the award at the HERO Forum today at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Chicago.
“Successful organizations understand that employee health and well-being are enhanced when a culture of health is ingrained into the organization’s norms, values and beliefs,” said Dr. Ron Goetzel, president and CEO of The Health Project. “O’Neal Industries has adopted an effective and sustainable health promotion program in LIVESMART that help employees and their families improve their health. At the same time, these programs save money and provide high value on investment.”
“This award signifies our company’s sincere commitment to the health and well-being of O’Neal Industries employees and their family members,” said O’Neal. “I believe healthy employees lead fuller and more productive lives, while also controlling personal health care costs, as well as positively affecting the company’s bottom line. Our goal is to help employees perform their best - at work, at home, and into retirement. Doing the right thing is extremely important to us. We are pleased to see the impact of our LIVESMART health and wellness program on our employees and family members and the many benefits and cost savings that we have received. However, we are more grateful that this program continues to assist in achieving our goal of enriching and engaging the lives of our employees.”
Here are just a few of the remarkable impact numbers:
•1 in 3 participants have moved to a higher club
•1 in 5 participants are now in the healthiest category - the Platinum Club.
•Over 150 individuals have quit tobacco
•More than 200 have lowered blood pressure to normal
•Over 150 have reduced body mass index to normal
•More than 400 individuals have increased exercise to 5 or more days per week