The City of West Palm Beach on Monday recognized Dr. Marile Santamarina, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University, for her contributions to the city’s SHAPE4HEALTH Employee Wellness Program.
|Dr. Marile Santamarina|
During Monday’s city commission meeting, Human Resources Director Patrick Cooney awarded a plaque to Dr. Santamarina and Dr. Bernardo Obeso of JFK Medical Center recognizing them for their unselfish contributions and distinguished leadership providing city employees with a “world class” wellness program.
The program began nine months ago to help employees make lifestyle changes to get fit, get healthy and lose 10 percent of body weight, Cooney said. During the initial weigh-in, 165 employees signed up, he said.
The voluntary program offered monthly coaching sessions, monthly weigh-ins and blood pressure checks, he said. Participants also voluntarily participated in biometric screening, which included blood tests taken at the beginning and at the end of the program.
Employees participated in this program as part of four- and eight-member teams. “Doing so provided a support system, encouraged workouts with friends and co-workers and created accountability,” Cooney said.
Dr. Santamarina and Dr. Obeso developed a secure web site for employees to obtain online support, which provided numerous health and fitness articles, nutritional information, answers to medical and pharmaceutical information and access to their own biometric and diagnostic information, he said.
“Employees were encouraged during coaching sessions to implement simple lifestyle changes that can have a major impact on an individual’s overall health,” he said.