City of Charleston construction manager George Farley (left) did some "serious shaping up" after he got a color-coded health report from the city that "looked like a fire alarm." With the help of physician's assistant David Miller, he cut his triglycerides in half and lost 60 pounds.
Employees can visit the city's clinic on work time for general checkups, lab work or specific complaints. Here, Farley has his blood pressure checked.
Under the city's health plan, employees can attend Weight Watchers sessions free in the city building. The city wellness plan also offers a workout gym, yoga, and zumba.
"A patient can get overwhelmed if you make a bunch of suggestions at once, so I like to keep it simple. There are five things that help people, no matter what's going on with them, whether they have diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or what," says David Miller, a physician's assistant who staffs the City of Charleston's health clinic, run by HealthStat.