Thomasville - A hospital is no place for sick employees. "It's been proven that if someone enters into a wellness program, and they do what they're supposed to do, they don't get sick as much," says Hospital President Dr. James Story. "They are more productive at work."
Dr. Story came up with an idea that would challenge employees to walk 1,000,000 steps. Those who voluntarily received free flu shots, also received a pedometer to measure every step they take.
Laura Kennedy has walked more than 250,000 steps since October 22nd. "It's helping with my weight," says Kennedy. "It's helping with my blood pressure. And it just generally helps me feel better."
Laura makes sure every step she takes is documented. She says, "I wake up and don't want to take any steps that don't get counted, so I want to try to find it and put it on. I want to have it on all day long and make sure I get all my steps counted, cause If I'm walking them I want to be counting them."
All the way to 1,000,000. In addition to the pedometers employees received when they took their flu shots, they also got C vitamins.