LRADAC Earns Working Well’s Strategy For Wellbeing Platinum Award

Columbia, SC – LRADAC is recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative for being one of the first organizations to achieve the Strategy for Wellbeing Platinum award for achieving excellence in workplace wellbeing and supporting optimal employee health. Strategy for Wellbeing is an interactive, automated online tool designed to help employers implement best practices in employee wellbeing. LRADAC achieved the recognition by earning Platinum status in all nine Strategy for Wellbeing dimensions of wellbeing: Wellness Culture, Risk Assessment & Outreach, Nutrition & Food Environment, Physical Activity, Tobacco Free, Emotional & Mental Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Incentives & Communication, and Evaluation.

The Strategy for Wellbeing Platinum designation recognizes LRADAC’s commitment to creating a culture of wellbeing for their organization by making wellness part of their infrastructure, and day-to-day operations, and implementing a comprehensive approach that focuses on policy, systems, benefits, and environment to support optimal health.

“Workplace wellness initiatives go beyond what we can see. Focusing on wellness allows employees to be inspired and engaged daily, which also improves their productivity and overall morale,” says President and CEO, Gayle Aycock. Aycock also believes that supporting a culture of wellbeing directly aligns with LRADAC’s organizational purpose: “Improving lives. Improving communities.”

Working Well helps employers develop a strategic plan to impact employee health and productivity by focusing on policy, systems and environmental changes, which are often low or no cost. Working Well aims to help employers create a sustainable culture of wellbeing by using effective, evidence-based best practices to create healthy work environments.

Research demonstrates that employees performing at optimal health can have a major impact on an employer’s bottom line by contributing to lower health care costs, less absenteeism, higher productivity, and improved morale. Healthy employees perform better and are more productive and more engaged than their unhealthy peers.

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.