Loyola University Health System Brings On-Site Wellness Resources to Duraco Inc.
FOREST PARK, Ill. – As the job market remains unstable, employees continue to be less likely to take time off work or out of their busy schedules to address health needs. Duraco, Inc., a Chicago-based global manufacturing company, is giving employees an alternative. Understanding the importance of preventive medical care and its benefits for both companies and employees, Duraco has partnered with Loyola University Health System’s Occupational Health Services to bring on-site wellness resources to its plant in Forest Park, Ill.
“At Duraco, our employees are of the utmost importance to us, so we feel it's necessary to arm them with the proper tools for healthy and safe living, both at the workplace and at home. A workplace wellness program uses a variety of strategies to target health-related issues. Helping employees better understand the benefits of nutrition, diet and exercise is an essential step in promoting wellness and healthier lifestyles. It's a win-win situation because there are long-lasting benefits to all parties involved,” said John Brunner, Health and Safety manager for Duraco.
Last month medical staff from Loyola’s Center for Health on Roosevelt Road in Maywood as well as employees from the Gottlieb Center for Fitness in Melrose Park brought health resources directly to Duraco employees. Loyola staff took Duraco employees’ vitals including blood pressure, pulse, height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), body fat level and a blood draw to help determine a health risk assessment. Employees who had immediate needs were referred to physicians for care. All of the approximately 70 employees who participated in the event received a seven-page customized health analysis for their specific health needs. This analysis gave an overall wellness score as well as a review of each risk category and recommendations for improving health.
In addition, the company received a group summary to help their organization target areas where they can help improve employee health.
“Duraco is dedicated to employee wellness and the company’s leadership strongly supports wellness initiatives,” said Carolyn Ogrey, business development manager for Loyola’s Occupational Health Services Division.
Duraco President Hugh Ross participated in the assessment and encouraged other employees to join him.
“Sometimes in our busy lives what gets put on the back burner is our health until a health crisis hits. That can be expensive, or worse, deadly,” said Dr. Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer, medical director of Occupational Health Services at Loyola University Health System. “We are excited to partner with Duraco to reverse this trend."
Loyola Occupational Health Services representatives continue to meet with Duraco executives to find additional wellness resources for employees.
Loyola Occupational Health Services provides on-site physical assessments, wellness workshops and immunization programs. For more information call toll-free (888) LUHS-888.
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