The Welborn Baptist Foundation’s “Adult Health in the Tri-State, 2008” report presents a dismal picture. The prevalence of heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes in our area far exceeds national averages; one in three Vanderburgh County residents is obese; only half of employed adults in the Tri-State have jobs that keep them routinely active. The rest are desk jockeys clocking long, sedentary hours — often dotted with sodas, unhealthy snacks, and trips to the fast food drive-through.
February / March 2011
Remember your first bike. Maybe it was shiny and pristine. Perhaps, your bike had streamers. You were a kid then, and though a number of efforts have been made to improve the culture of biking for adults in cities throughout America, the cons of biking to work exist. A reporter from The New York Times asks, “Will bicycling to work get you killed?”
Plenty of excuses sound reasonable to me when it comes to not exercising. I have a full-time job as an account executive for this magazine (would anyone like to buy an ad?), I’m the mother of a 3-year-old (hello, Hayden), and I have a home to somewhat maintain (it’s a mess). Plus, my body type makes it easier to pass on exercise when acquaintances tell me, “You’re already thin. You don’t need to work out.”
Unhealthy employees hurt a business’s bottom line, and Julie Girten hears about it daily. As the executive director of Tri-State Business Group on Health, Girten helps dozens of employers with wellness programs. Owners want healthier employees because smokers and sedentary desk jockeys are more likely to be high-cost workers requiring more health care for chronic diseases. Their sick days mean more absenteeism and less productivity. Here, Girten offers advice for starting health promotion programs to get employees healthier — and more productive.
Mark Schroeder has a strong German last name. He should. His family came to Jasper, Ind., from Cincinnati in the late 1830s. It was a time when Southwest Indiana received an influx of Deutsch immigrants with classic names: Weinzapfel, Goebel, Muehlbauer, and Nurrenbern. Five generations later, Schroeder remains in the small community just east of the River City. He had joined German American Bank as a vault teller in 1972 under the influential guide of his father, Clarence. He worked his way through the ranks until landing the role of CEO in 1999.
When my last letter was published in the December/January 2011 issue, I wrote the following:
Long before Emeril Lagasse bellowed, “Kick it up a notch!” on the Food Network, Great Chefs took TV by storm in the early 1980s by bringing cameras into the kitchens of the world’s top restaurants. One enthralled fan of the show was Evansville native Blake Kollker. “I loved the creativity,” recalls Kollker, a Mater Dei High School graduate, “and how they could put that stuff together.”
In the August/September 2010 issue of Evansville Business, we led readers through the newest development at the fast-growing University of Southern Indiana: the Business and Engineering Center, a $31.9 million project fronting USI’s quadrangle.
On a Saturday evening last February, Steve Knapp received a phone call from the operator of his business’s security system. The executive vice president of Audience Response Systems heard bad news: There had been a fire at his company, a provider of interactive, data-gathering technology. His employees were away for the weekend, but Knapp drove to the office immediately. He watched the blaze, which the Evansville Fire Department later determined was caused by an accidental electrical malfunction, wipe out the 6,000-square-foot, East Side business.
Thumbing through papers on a clipboard, carrying personal files from one office to the next, and overstocking file cabinets are scenes that Jason Berry, chief operating officer at Phoenix Digital Imaging, says are becoming outdated. This service bureau helps healthcare providers adapt to electronic medical records (EMRs), and these computerized patient data systems have been a hot topic since the federal government announced a $27 billion incentive program — part of the 2009 stimulus — for companies that file their information on a certified EMR system.
The decision was made years ago — the implementation, too — but the success continues in Paducah, Ky., where a once-deserted downtown now beams with life and culture. The city-backed Artist Relocation Program attracted a plethora of painters, quilters, and musicians to LowerTown, a near-downtown area of stately, historic manors in disrepair. The expectation was (perhaps) 20 artists would move to LowerTown to reap the benefits of tax incentives.
To understand Timothy A. “Tad” Dickel’s approach to education, perhaps you need look no further than his name. As a boy, Dickel’s parents wanted to call him something different than Tim, also his father’s name, so they simply spelled out his initials. As the former principal and first and current executive director at Mater Dei High School, Dickel’s outlook on maintaining academic excellence reflects his nickname’s etymology; he believes individual aspects must be representative of the bigger picture.
When Alyson Roblero’s son Cooper was 15 months old, the Evansville mother noticed some unusual behaviors: The toddler paced, stared at the ceiling, and was preoccupied with the Weather Channel and the lint screen in the dryer. At age 2, he was diagnosed with autism, a developmental disorder marked by problems with social and behavioral skills. Cooper didn’t talk or make eye contact, and he threw frequent temper tantrums — but when his mother played music, his demeanor changed. Sometimes, he danced to it.
60 Second Business Strategy
In January, the national unemployment rate hovered near 10 percent, yet experts predict 2011 may be the year employers say, “You’re hired.” Before hearing those words, job applicants will need to interview, but if they hear questions about race, health, age, or marital status, then they’re hearing illegal inquiries under federal discrimination laws.
Super Bank: Mark Schroeder’s German American Bank wasn’t too big to fail. It was too good to fail. 2010 was an acquisition year for the Jasper, Ind.-based bank. The moves included a push into the Evansville market.