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Saint Elizabeth and CHI Nebraska Lincoln Announce Partnership with Lincoln YMCA

October 15 2013

Catholic Health Initiatives Nebraska Lincoln - Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Nebraska Heart Hospital and The Physician Network - is excited to announce they are expanding their employee wellness program to include a partnership with the Lincoln YMCA. As one of the largest employers in Lincoln and the surrounding area, this collaboration will provide wellness services to a significant portion of our community.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” says Kim Moore RN, FACHE, president of Saint Elizabeth. “Our mission is to create a healthier community and that starts with our employees. We want to help our employees create long-lasting, healthy habits.”

The partnership with the Lincoln YMCA offers employees a highly-discounted membership rate to any of the four YMCA locations. Moore stated, “The partnership with the YMCA is a natural fit as the mission of the YMCA and CHI are closely aligned. Both organizations strive for health and wellness.”

Catholic Health Initiatives Nebraska Lincoln is proud to join other Lincoln employers who are expanding their wellness initiatives. “As leaders in health care, we want to be a role model for the community,” said Moore. “We are moving into the next era of health care, and we have a responsibility to promote health and wellness among our own employees as well as the thousands of people we care for annually.”

Saint Elizabeth was recently named one of 19 companies in Lincoln to be recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. A Fit-Friendly Worksite is defined as going above and beyond when it comes to employees' health, and the Gold Level is earned by employers who fulfill criteria such as offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at work and promoting a wellness culture.

In the last year, Saint Elizabeth added nutrition labels to the food offered in the cafeteria, challenged employees to exercise and eat healthy through a wellness incentive program and launched a new health coach program available to employees and their family members at no cost.

Saint Elizabeth is also participated in a community-wide effort to lower the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to help reduce obesity in Lincoln. Although the obesity epidemic has a number of other causes such as too many processed foods, increased portion sizes and too little physical activity, a large contributor is the number of calories in drinks.

The healthy beverage vending initiative calls on businesses and organizations in Lincoln to institute healthy vending policies to help make the healthy choice easier. The approach includes changes in product placement, changing the mix of products included in vending machines and promoting the selection of healthier beverages.

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