HSA starts workplace wellness program

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has launched its employee wellness program.

Lizzette Yearwood, CEO of the authority, said, “We strive to provide the best healthcare experience to our patients so it is important to encourage our staff take care of their physical and mental health as well.”

Last year’s Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference theme was focused on the shared approach to workplace wellness, “which is a reflection of how important employee wellness is on a day to day basis,” said Mrs. Yearwood.

Take the Challenge – Be Fit: Stay Healthy is the theme of this year’s program, spearheaded by the Public Health Department.

Dr. Kiran Kumar, medical officer of health, said, “We offer this wellness program to staff, as well as facilitating it to other government and private organizations and have been doing so since 2006.” The three-month program is designed to encourage staff to expand their outlook on wellness and encourage healthy living by eating well, increasing physical activity, reducing stress and building healthier self-esteem, he said.

The workplace wellness program is open to all HSA staff through an open enrolment process.

At the start of the program, participants’ waist, height, body mass index, blood pressure and blood work are checked. Then each one is required to keep personal goals which are monitored throughout the program, with a follow-up in a year.