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Baton Rouge General Recognized for Wellness Culture and Innovation


Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General has been recognized as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite and also earned the Worksite Innovation Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The honors are given to organizations nationwide who demonstrate a commitment to promoting a culture of wellness and achieving measurable success in improving workplace wellness.

“Baton Rouge General is proud to be recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite and Worksite Innovation Award recipient,” noted President and CEO Mark Slyter. “We are committed to being a positive influence for improving the health of our community, and that begins inside our walls, where our culture of wellness ensures a healthy team of caregivers.”

“We are dedicated to helping improve the health of each and every member of our team,” noted Dr. David Carver, family physician and medical director for the hospital’s employee wellness program Baton Rouge General Fit!. “Through our innovative wellness initiative, employees are incentivized to participate and have access to a variety of fitness and nutrition classes, smoking cessation program, as well as enhanced healthy food options in our cafeterias – all designed to promote physical activity and better nutrition.”

Baton Rouge General’s employee wellness program has been a catalyst for the ongoing expansion of wellness offerings for the community. The General’s comprehensive wellness program includes a variety of educational and fitness resources that are open to the community:

Weight management and individualized nutritional counseling
  • Fitness testing and training and classes, such as Yoga and Boot Camp

  • Free health seminars: Portion Control, Fitness 101, Recipe Overhaul, Food Label Reading and Stress Management – sign up for the next seminar

  • Smoking cessation program – sign up for the next 5-week series

  • Senior wellness program designed for seniors unique needs

    • Fitness classes: Gentle Yoga and Zumba Gold

    • Support groups for caregivers and stroke survivors

    • Educational courses: Healthy Heart Series, Body Mechanics and Lifting Techniques, and AARP Home Fit and Drive Smart programs

Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs and the lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. The good news is that research shows that even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program.

L to R: Dr. David Carver, family physician and BRGFit! medical director;
Tomika Woods, employee health nurse; Terri Johnson, lead dietitian; Penelope
Jarreau, nurse navigator; Jheri Bellard, fitness coordinator

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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