The Cleveland Clinic's employee health promotion website was one of eight projects to win HHS' Healthy Living Innovation Awards
. Cleveland Clinic employees monitor walking, exercise and weight loss online, and competing teams can track their progress on the website, according to a description of the winning program on the Ohio health system's website.
Experts and the public evaluated and voted on Healthy Living Innovation Award nominees based on the programs' creativity and reported outcomes and the ability to replicate the programs in other locations to promote healthy weight, physical activity and nutrition, among other criteria, according to an HHS news release announcing the winners.
The other winners
were: The YMCA's diabetes-prevention program, which expanded to 22 cities from a single pilot program; health coaching by Healthy Howard, a not-for-profit health plan in Columbia, Md.; Healthy Living Partnership Project, a workplace wellness program in Corning, N.Y.; Shape Up Somerville, an effort in Massachusetts to promote exercise and healthy eating; NC Prevention Partners, which prompted healthy eating in North Carolina hospitals; Exercise Your Rights, a public health campaign that targets nutrition and exercise in Minnesota; and Mornings in Motion, a before-school exercise program in Oak Ridge, Tenn.