June 13, 2008

Benjamin Steel Workers Get Help With Weight Loss

By Kevin Lamb, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

Jun. 13--SPRINGFIELD -- Community Mercy Health Partners will help employees at the Benjamin Steel Co. lose weight with $25,000 from the Foundation for Healthy Communities, one of five "Hospitals for Healthier Workforces" grants.

With 86 percent of its work force overweight, Benjamin Steel far exceeds the estimated 70 percent of manufacturing workers nationally. Two-thirds of its 220 employees are expected to participate, and can earn credits against future scheduled in health insurance premiums.

The project will use the 12-week Body for Life program of regular exercise and healthy eating, tracking progress in daily food and exercise journals. Three-employee teams will compete for the greatest reduction in body-mass index.

The foundation, an arm of the Ohio Hospital Association, has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to 121 Ohio hospitals since its creation in 1994. More info: www.HealthyCommunitiesOhio.org

Other recipients of the $100,000 in total grants are Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Salem Community Hospital and Twin City Hospital in Dennison.


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