Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is an active process of making choices toward a healthy and purpose filled life. Our Wellness program is rooted in fostering healthy connections, increasing education, breaking down barriers to resources, and giving support to help improve wellness.
The CDC says that 36.4 billion dollars are lost each year from employee absences due to complications related to obesity, chronic illness, and physical inactivity. Gateway understands that many providers have also experienced their own trauma or hardships which have made them more vulnerable to these poor health outcomes as an adult. Therefore, Gateway utilizes and encourages policy, people, and practices to create a culture of wellness at work that can serve as a place of health and healing for passionate employees.
Read about the 7 Best Reasons to Have a Wellness Program from Dr. Steve Aldana, the CEO of Wellsteps, a worksite wellness solution that leads the nation in wellness program deployment and engagement.
Gateway’s Wellness Policy was first developed in 2017 by our TSET Healthy Living Program team members, in collaboration with administrative personnel and feedback from employees at each site. Our policy serves as a best practices guide for employees in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation while at work. It is the foundational piece to defining and sustaining Gateway’s culture of Wellness. Gateway’s Wellness Team utilizes this policy as a guide when providing snacks, implementing wellness challenges, and offering education and support to our staff.
Gateway’s Employee Wellness Team, made up of staff across our departments and locations, works together to develop and implement objectives, based on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, that best support the health and wellness of our employees.