May 14, 2018

by: Sara Grace Bailey, Working Well Corporate Wellness Specialist

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MAY 2018 – LRADAC 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.

“Working Well simply works. The program allows our staff to not let their work dictate the way they live their lives. It gives staff the ability to make smart food choices with Fit Pick items from our vending machines or take two 15- minute breaks daily to stroll the nature trails and many other wellness activities that we offer our employees.  We can tell our staff are happier when they’re healthier,” said Carol Lewis, LRADAC Executive Assistant to the CEO and LRADAC’s employee wellness committee chair.

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.

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.

“Thanks to Working Well, LRADAC is proud to offer a work environment that fosters healthy lifestyles for our employees,” said Gayle Aycock, President and CEO. “It’s incredibly exciting to watch our employees benefit from the great employee health and wellbeing strategies.”

“This award recognizes LRADAC’s innovation and commitment to the health of their employees and the community they serve,” comments Jen Wright, Working Well Program Director. “The team at LRADAC leads by example and understands that to continue to be successful in motivating lifestyle change, they must continue to enhance their employee wellness program and broaden their wellness programming to include new dimensions and areas of wellbeing. Working Well congratulates their efforts to successfully expand their employee wellbeing program to include all nine dimensions of wellbeing and continue to provide innovative ways to motivate their employees’ behavior change! LRADAC has set a high bar for the rest of South Carolina employers to meet.”

For information on how to improve your worksite’s environment to better support employee wellbeing, contact Sara Grace Bailey, Working Well Corporate Wellness Specialist, at 803.744.3558 or

Working Well was founded through the support of The Duke Endowment and is managed by the South Carolina Hospital Association. Working Well is an effort to improve population health across the state of South Carolina by establishing cultures of employee wellbeing where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

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.