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108 - CAPE GAZETTE Friday, Feb. 17, Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 Perdue earns C. Everett Koop Award Perdue Farms Inc. has been awarded an honorable mention in the C. Everett Koop Health Awards for an innovative employ- ee health program. Perdue's Health Improvement Program (HIP) initiative encourages its associates to participate in a health screening and behavior modification program working through the company's on-site health-care professionals. The C. Everett Koop Awards are given by the Health Project, a nonprofit, private-public consor- tium chaired by Dr. C. Everett Koop. The Health Project is ded- icated to the furtherance of better health and lower medical costs by reduction in the need and demand for medical services. The C. Everett Koop Health Awards are given each year to worksite, com- munity or provider programs that have soundly documented improved health and decreased medical costs. HIP focuses on improving Perdue associates' health in five areas: blood pressure, choles- terol, tobacco use, weight control and exercise. Participants com- plete a Health Risk Appraisal, have blood drawn and complete a consultation with a HIP specialist. The participant chooses two iden- tiffed health areas on which he or she wants to focus, and then meets periodically with the HIP special- ist to chart progress. During a pilot of the program conducted in six Perdue poultry processing plants, HIP partici- pants showed a 25 percent reduc- tion in risk factors vs. a 2 percent reduction in the control group. The most dramatic improvement was in control of blood pressure, with a 70 percent reduction in number of people with high blood pressure in the HIP group. Based on these results, HIP has expand- ed to other Perdue facilities. "Many organizations are work- ing hard to develop programs that encourage better health habits and improved understanding of how to use health services more effi- ciently. Through the C. Everett Koop Health Awards, we are proud to recognize programs such as the Perdue Health Improvement Program," said Dr. James Fries, professor of medi- cine at Stanford University Medical Center and chief execu- tive officer/chief scientific officer for The Health Project. "We are honored to see our pro- gram recognized in this way, but even more importantly, we are gratified by the health improve- ments we see among our associ- ates," said Dr. Roger Merrill, chief medical officer for Perdue Farms Inc. and architect of the HIP program. "It is truly a win- win situation for our associates and the company." In addition to HIP, Perdue offers on-site health care to its associates through wellness cen- ters located within or adjacent to its processing facilities. Partnering with local doctors and other health-care providers, the wellness centers offer free pre- ventive screenings and allow associates to schedule medical appointments during their regular work shift and to go to appoint- ments while being paid. Continuing medical care of such conditions as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, as well as immediate care for bronchitis, infections, injuries and other con- ditions is given at the wellness centers. The centers also offer certain specialty services such as women's health services, neurolo- gy, podiatry and physical therapy. "Perdue has long operated with the philosophy that if you do what is right for your associates, your customers and your communities, then the profits will come," said Jim Perdue, chairman and presi- dent of Perdue. "This program is helping improve our associates' health, and therefore helping us control health-care costs through prevention and early interven- tion." For more information, contact the Perdue Farms at 410-341- 2533 or visit New resource available for community groups, nonprofit organizations Money is tight and many Delaware nonprofit and community organizations are looking for funds to support their programs. A new resource is now available that will help these groups in their search for resources. The 2006 Directory of Grantmakers Funding Programs in Delaware is now available'as a free downloadon the website of the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies at A collaborative project of the Delaware Health and Social Services Division of State Service Centers State Office of Volunteerism and the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies (DANA) and, the directory is the first comprehensive update of this material in recent years. Previous printed editions were available at the cost of $30. Funding from the State Office of Volunteerism has enabled the cit- izens of Delaware to have an excellent resource available to them at no cost. 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