Hedrick Industries’ Tobacco Challenge: A Focus on Long-term Lifestyle Changes
Posted on July 2nd, 2015
For employees at Hedrick Industries, July 1st marks the end of their 6-month Tobacco Challenge. This program was launched as a part of Hedrick’s Health & Wellness Program – which was founded in 2012 to ensure that employees have the resources to maintain healthy lifestyles while remaining productive at work. The Challenge was designed to assist those employees who had the desire to quit tobacco-use and needed that extra push and encouragement to do so.
We kicked off the Tobacco Challenge on November 20th, 2014 with The American Cancer Society Great American Smoke-out. Every business location participated in this national day where all employees were encouraged to abstain from tobacco for one day and received a special luncheon in preparation for the challenge ahead. In January of this year, 74 employees company-wide signed up to participate. Hedrick recognizes that lifestyle changes do not happen overnight, so a 6-month long Challenge gave employees time to work on kicking old habits to set them up for a lifetime of better health. The Tobacco Challenge was completely voluntary. Through our health care providers, employees had access to tobacco cessation resources as part of the program.
Employees had three months (January – March) to “work on” quitting. Participants could use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), such as gum, skin patch, nasal spray, or inhaler, covered 100%. The next three months (April – June), participants had to be NRT and tobacco-free in order to be eligible for the award at the end of The Tobacco Challenge. Employees who needed those additional three months of NRT cessation coverage would not be awarded the Challenge award, but were encouraged to continue NRT and to not give up on quitting.
Today marks an important milestone for our employees who participated in the Tobacco Challenge. We applaud the hard work of every employee, whether you were a tobacco user actively trying to quit or a non-tobacco user supporting fellow colleagues.