APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Best Practice Honoree

The Awards

Healthy Challenge

California – Both staff and management at Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) – a wellness agency that delivers more than 70 preventive health programs and services to 120,000 residents in the Southern California coastal communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach – really walk the walk. In creating its Thrive to 5 Challenge, BCHD got co-workers moving while giving them plenty of food for thought.

Representatives from each department formed an Employee Wellness Committee with the specific mission to “improve overall well-being by encouraging our team to thrive and have fun!” The Thrive to 5 Challenge motivated employees to complete at least five wellness activities in a three-month period as well as bond with fellow co-workers who have similar interests:

  • Physical Well-Being: Maintain a healthy body weight with good nutrition and regular exercise, make informed decisions about health and seek medical assistance when necessary.
  • Emotional Well-Being/Personal: Understand and adequately cope with life challenges by fostering optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance and the ability to share feelings.
  • Emotional Well-Being/Social: Successfully interact with people and establish supportive social networks through meaningful relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
  • BCHD Activity: Participate in activities such as employee exercise classes, onsite gardening club, walking groups and BCHD-sponsored events such as the yogurt social, Food Fest potluck and holiday brunch.
  • Personal Goal: Accomplish one personal “bucket list” goal. Examples might be taking a cross-country trip, paddleboarding on the Pacific Ocean or learning how to salsa dance.

Each day during the challenge when they walked into the office, the first thing staff saw was a “wellness board” that listed their own progress as well as that of their peers – concrete examples of company-wide encouragement. In a recent survey, 100 percent of BCHD employees said they feel supported in their efforts to be healthier.

"Secunda Marine and it's employees are honored to have been recognized by the American Psychological Association as a company that promotes a Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Positive recognition such as this confirms that Secunda and it's employees are headed in the right direction by continually striving to be a Psychologically Healthy Workplace."

Steve Widmeyer
Manager, Human Resources
Secunda Marine Services Ltd.