BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
When it comes to overall employee wellness, Wayne County companies are at the back of the pack in nearly all categories when compared to the rest of the counties throughout Michigan.
Ruth Sebaly, chairwoman and project manager for healthy communities at Oakwood Healthcare, said that not only affects the overall health of county residents, but also has a detrimental effect on productivity and profits for businesses.
Sebaly, one of the leaders of the Trenton Healthy Communities Coalition formed earlier this year jointly between Oakwood and the City of Trenton, is working with other coalition members to help businesses encourage and promote healthier workplace habits for the employees.
As part of her mission to spread the word, she spoke to the members of the Trenton Rotary Club — many of whom either own or run businesses — at one of the club’s meetings last month. The coalition also is planning a public session for local businesses at City Hall for 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, where it will provide a broad spectrum of ideas and information on how to support and encourage employee wellness in the workplace (See related article on Page 15 for additional details).
“What is wellness? It’s an active process,” Sebaly said. “You have to set the tone for a healthy workplace. That starts with modeling and setting an example.” [Read more…]