HackensackUMC Hosts ‘GamePlan for Corporate Health’ Breakfast Seminar
June 4, 2015 05:15 PM
HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness recently held a breakfast seminar on the benefits of creating a “GamePlan for Corporate Health” and how employers can engage their staff to become healthier.
(Maywood) On May 15, Hackensack University Medical Center held a healthy morning of fitness, breakfast and strategies for corporate wellness with some of the region’s most respected voices on healthy workplaces. HackensackUMC’s new “GamePlan for Corporate Health” initiative was developed by a team of experts, including HackensackUMC Corporate Wellness, HackensackUMC Executive Health and HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the New York Giants. The event was held at the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine located inside HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants and hosted by New York Giants great Phil Simms.
“People tend to make excuses as to why they don’t get to the gym,” said Phil Simms, former New York Giant. “They need to make the time to exercise for one hour, four times a week, and employers should help them work it into their busy schedules.”
Former New York Giants greats, Bart Oates and Jeff Feagles were also on hand to meet with seminar participants. The event was attended by representatives from dozens of area companies and was moderated by television host, Steve Adubato. The event will be featured on an upcoming episode of “One-on-One” with Steve Adubato on WNET.
Mark Sparta, PT, M.P.A., FACHE, executive vice president, chief population health officer of Hackensack University Health Network, says it’s important that corporations encourage their employees to participate in wellness programs and have strategies in place to help employees better manage their health. “Corporations are shifting their traditional focus from education, smoking cessation and vaccination programs to actively managing chronic disease through fitness and wellness programs. There is now a shared responsibility by employers and their employees to stay healthy. A typical starting point is the strategy of offering health-risk assessments so that employees can better understand the importance of maintaining their health,” said Sparta.
Sparta referred to his personal experience of working 10-12 hour days, having poor nutritional habits, little exercise and not sleeping well as the catalyst for his decision to make a lifestyle change. He joined HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants when the center opened in late 2013. The results of that decision, he now says, are a testimonial to how the wellness initiatives that have been offered to HackensackUMC employees can serve as a model for other employers interested in encouraging their own staff to get healthier, and ultimately be more productive.
“By incorporating and encouraging health and wellness in the work place, absenteeism is reduced and the workforce becomes more engaged as they experience increased energy,” said Diego Coira, M.D., chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, director, Debra Simon Center for Integrative Behavioral Health and Wellness. “Being physically active benefits the mind, body, spirit and soul. Employers should encourage their staff to make lifestyle changes that focus on exercise, good nutrition, including the Mediterranean diet and maintaining good relationships with loved ones and friends.”
For more information regarding the HackensackUMC Corporate Wellness programs, call Kate McDougall at (551) 996-5294. For information regarding corporate membership opportunities at HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants, please call Jay Groves at (615) 260-0347.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 11,300 employees, 3,100 credentialed medical staff members and 1,697 hospital and nursing home beds. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.
Photo: HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness recently held a breakfast seminar on the benefits of creating a “GamePlan for Corporate Health” and how employers can engage their staff to become healthier. From left to right: Jim Kirkos, president, chief executive officer, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce; Steve Adubato, Ph.D., moderator of breakfast seminar and television host, WNET; Phil Simms, former New York Giant; Mark Sparta, PT, M.P.A., FACHE, executive vice president, chief population health officer, Hackensack University Health Network; Kate McDougall, RN, BSN, MPA, operations manager, Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine; Michael Farber, M.D., director, HackensackUMC Executive Health; Jay Groves, ED.D., MMHC , executive director, Population Health Management, HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants; Leigh Jordan Weiss, ATC, PT, DPT , physical therapist/assistant athletic trainer, New York Giants; and Diego Coira, M.D., chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, and director of the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Behavioral Health and Wellness.