Costa Layman Farms Holds 7th Annual Health Fair
Leading perennial grower offers health fair to all employees
Trenton, SC July 31, 2012 – ‘Miracles happen where you plant them’ was proudly communicated on the t-shirts of more than 425 Costa Layman Farms’ employees at the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Health Fair on July 20 in Trenton, S.C.
Costa Layman Farms, one of the leading perennial companies in the United States, teamed up with Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing (GHSU) to plant other miracles: free health assessments for farm workers and academic hours for student nurses.
“The comprehensive health screenings provided by GHSU are of the highest caliber and a wonderful benefit we are able to offer our employees,” says Debbie Layman from Costa Layman Farms and founder of the health fair.
“We are extremely fortunate to partner with GHSU who has helped us build the health fair from a very basic event to a sophisticated health screening event with nursing students receiving clinical experience unlike any other rotation they have in school,” explains Layman.
The health fair featured dental screenings, HIV testing, cholesterol and glucose screenings, pulmonary function testing, grip strength and screenings for vision, bone density, sleep apnea, height, weight, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and glucose and body mechanics classes.
Employee turnout was at its highest this year and community involvement continues to grow, according to Layman, who is a GHSU College of Nursing alumna, and serves on the College of Nursing’s Advancement Committee and as a trustee for the GHSU Foundation.
“The feedback from our employees is always very positive. A clean bill of health gives them a sense of hope and is something they can be proud of,” Layman explains.
Participants, organizers and doctors all agree that this event is beneficial for everyone involved.
“The employees obtain health care, the employer builds morale and the nurses acquire a number of working hours from one place, “says Dr. Jo Ellen McDonough, one of the founding doctors of the health fair.
For the third consecutive year, Dr. Ben Herz, chairman of the Occupational Therapy Department, directed a body mechanics class to demonstrate proper ways to lift, push and pull heavy objects. Dr. Herz described this event as a model for an industry-wide effort.
As the Costa Layman Farms health fair continues to grow, it will set an example for other nurseries in the industry. "We don't say safety first, we say safety always," says second generation, Christina Layman Holmes.
The Costa Farms family of companies is one of the largest producers of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant companies, the Costa Farms family of companies operate merchandising and transportation companies, with domestic operations in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and the Far East.