Replacements helps associates detect potentially life threatening diseases through annual Wellness Fair
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 7, 2007 – Michael Quinn didn’t have time to see his personal physician last year, so when his employer, Replacements, Ltd., offered free prostate cancer screenings, he signed up. Quinn’s test results revealed unexpected news. He tested positive for cancer. “I’m grateful we caught it early on, before it advanced,” said Quinn. “Because of this early detection, I’m going to have treatment next month, beat this disease, then move on with my life. This is such a simple test, I’m encouraging everyone here to take it.”
Quinn is just one example of how Replacements’ wellness initiatives are helping associates identify potentially life threatening conditions through early intervention. Rather than raising insurance premiums and cutting benefits like many companies, Replacements instead concentrates on partnering with associates to take control of their health. Programs include having a full-time occupational nurse and full time counselor; daily exercise programs to reduce muscle skeletal injuries; disease management programs; and prostate/breast cancer screenings, among other initiatives.
As part of this ongoing commitment, today Replacements is holding its fifth annual Wellness Fair. More than two dozen vendors are on site counseling associates on wellness of mind, body and spirit through traditional and non-traditional healthcare approaches. The Wellness Fair offers health screenings in several areas, including cholesterol, high blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, colon cancer and HIV.
At the event two years ago, Aaron Turner learned he had high cholesterol. Left untreated, this condition could lead to stroke or heart attack. “My own doctor never checked me for high cholesterol, because he said I was too young,” said Turner. “After the screening, I got involved with Replacements’ Disease Management Program, and have been able to take control of my health and lower my cholesterol.”
Since instituting wellness and fitness programs, the company has seen a reduction in worker’s compensation insurance rates. “By catching small illnesses and injuries early on before they become a problem, we can prevent larger costs down the road for both the associate and the company,” says Jeanine Falcon, vice-president of human resources. “But our wellness programs are about so much more than saving money. Our employees are our most important asset, putting their well being first is the right thing to do as a company.”
Vendors scheduled to participate in today’s event include Alamance Regional Medical Center, Moses Cone Health Care System, Family Services of the Piedmont and the American Cancer Society.
About Replacements, Ltd.
Founded by Bob Page in 1981, Replacements, Ltd. carries the world’s largest selection of old and new china, crystal, silver, and collectibles. Their 390,000 square foot facilities house an inventory of over 260,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, NC, Replacements, Ltd. serves more than seven million customers worldwide.
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