Archive | December, 2008

Lexington Medical Center’s Cover Girl

Lexington Medical Center's Health Directions on cover of Lexington Life magazine, January 2009

Lexington Medical Center is featured on the January cover of Lexington Life magazine. The edition focuses on health in the New Year. This month’s lead article showcases the story of Sue Sauer, a Lexington Medical Center employee who had bariatric surgery at Riverside Surgical Group, lost 90 pounds and now works out regularly at Health Directions, the wellness division of Lexington Medical Center. Health Directions promotes healthy lifestyles through cardiovascular exercise equipment such as treadmills, personal training, weight loss classes and group fitness. These classes are offered at the state-of-the-art Health Directions fitness center locations in Irmo and West Columbia or at your facility. There is also helpful advice from Lexington Medical Center sleep specialist Dr. Sarkis Derderian about sleeping well and information from Connie Watson about LMC’s Community Outreach.

Lexington Life is mailed monthly to more than 21,000 homes and businesses in Lexington County. Estimated reach is 40,000 people per month.

Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays from everyone at Lexington Medical Center. I’ve posted our 2008 holiday TV commercial. It showcases the magic of Christmas and the miracle of life. I hope you enjoy it.

Watching the Workforce Waistline: The Skinny on Lexington Medical Center's "Better Choices"


With countless holiday parties to attend and delicious food to sample, we will no doubt head into 2009 thinking about losing weight and eating healthier. Lexington Medical Center is leading a smart eating effort by encouraging healthy nutrition options for its employees in its new “Better Choices” campaign.

This innovative effort includes large pop-up posters, banners hanging from the ceiling, table tents and posters in the hospital eateries. The posters compare good food choices and better food choices. In addition, a green apple appears next to healthy menu items; that means it is low fat, has zero grams of trans-fat or is a fruit or vegetable serving.

The campaign also includes table tents at cafeteria tables titled “Did You Know?” which offer tips including how to cut calories, increase calcium intake and eat healthy in restaurants as well as the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.

A healthy eating program not only benefits employee health, but it can make businesses more productive. According to North Carolina Prevention Partners, “Worksite health promotion and disease management programs can yield positive clinical and cost outcomes, including a decrease in health plan costs, sick leave and workers’ compensation and disability costs.”

They add that an investment in human capital is less expensive than medical treatment. According to their research, employees who are obese have high health care costs, more injuries and use more sick days than employees who are not obese across multiple industries.