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Torrance Memorial Invests In Improving The Health of Its Employees

Torrance Memorial Medical Center has embarked on an inventive program to encourage its nearly 4,000 employees and their families to improve their health and wellbeing, in addition to boosting the medical center's bottom line. The Vitality program is designed to help employees advance or maintain their health by providing knowledge and tools to enable them to establish and meet their health goals, all while earning rewards for their efforts.

"Our employees are our greatest asset. As one of the city's largest employers charged with advancing the health of our community, we believe it's equally important to nurture the health of our employees," said Craig Leach, president and CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "Healthy employees are more engaged, productive, happy, and less stressed."

Employees start with an online Health Risk Assessment that identifies relative risk factors for each member and provides them with their Vitality Age™. This is a scientifically calculated representation of their risk-adjusted, or "true," age, allowing each member to easily understand how their current behaviors are impacting their health.

Members are then presented with a Personal Pathway™—a recommended set of activities and goals to assist them in improving their health. Members can select from more than 30 health-related activities including exercising, achieving health goals such as losing weight or stopping smoking, receiving routine preventive care, such as a prostate exam or mammogram, and participating in a health education program. Members are incentivized for their participation throughout the program and earn Vitality Bucks™, redeemable for merchandise, including the latest electronics, housewares and sporting equipment on the Vitality Mall. To date, 1,300 eligible employees have enrolled in the program, and 78 employees have achieved Gold or Platinum status.

"Due to the stressful nature of the job, hospital employees with chronic conditions are more likely to be at risk, struggling or in crisis when compared to the U.S. workforce overall," said Elaine McRae, director of Torrance Memorial University. "With this program, we provide great opportunities for employees to be more aware of their health situation and make improvements by achieving tangible exercise and wellness goals."

McRae recently ran into a group of women dressed in workout clothes in an elevator at the medical center. They told her that the Vitality program had inspired them to form a running club called "Run Wild for Rehab." The group meets every Tuesday after work to run around Torrance Airport, which is adjacent to the medical center.

"We have enjoyed getting to know each other outside of work and it's easier to stay motivated when you are part of a team," said Joy Takeuchi, Run Wild for Rehab, member. "The runners encourage the non-runners and we have a blast." McRae hopes the program will inspire other employees to form teams and engage in health-related group activities.

This is not the first beneficial health-related service provided by Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Torrance Memorial has recently put an increased emphasis on offering sustainable, seasonable choices in its cafeterias with its program called Mindful, with the goal of educating employees and patients about healthful eating.

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