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.

"Coleman Professional Services believes that supporting our employees in a modern and clean work environment can only lead to better services to our customers. We are proud of our employees and we are very proud of being recognized as a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winner."

Nelson Burns
Coleman Professional Services