Workplace cancer awareness program comes to Arizona

Workplace cancer awareness program comes to Arizona

The Arizona Cancer Center is honoring Arizona-based Goodmans Interior Structures, the first company in the state to be awarded the CEO Gold Standard™ accreditation in recognition of its commitment to taking actions to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families. To receive the accreditation, the office furniture dealer had to establish programs discouraging tobacco use and encouraging physical activity, healthy diet and nutrition and early cancer detection through screening.

In addition to maintaining a culture that promotes cancer prevention through a healthy lifestyle, Goodmans will provide support if a cancer diagnosis becomes a reality, and ensure its employees have access to high-quality treatment, including clinical trials.

“At Goodmans, nothing is more important than the welfare of our people,” said Adam Goodman, the company’s president and an Arizona Cancer Center advisory board member. “The CEO Cancer Gold Standard is a way to demonstrate our commitment to the health of our employees by actively promoting cancer prevention and early detection. As a family business, we believe we have an obligation to educate our team members so they understand the link between lifestyle choices and cancer risks.”

The Arizona Cancer Center supports the Gold Standard effort to encourage healthy lifestyles, quality healthcare and dialogue between company leaders and employees.

“We at the Arizona Cancer Center congratulate Goodmans for achieving this honor and applaud its efforts in taking a leadership role,” said David Alberts, MD, Arizona Cancer Center director. “The Gold Standard accreditation sets a new precedence for cancer prevention in Arizona, and I hope more companies will follow Goodmans’ example.”

Scott Leischow
, PhD, associate director of the Arizona Cancer Center’s Biobehavioral and Social Sciences Research program, has spearheaded an effort to enlist Arizona’s businesses and institutions in the CEO Gold Standard accreditation program, in particular as a state-wide initiative in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Dr. Leischow can be reached at sleischow@azcc.arizona.edu.

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard is a project of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, which was founded in 2001 when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to “do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families.”

The goals of Gold Standard accredited companies are to help employees and their families to reduce cancer risk, detect cancer at its earliest stages and to provide quality care. Companies must also evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture, and to commit to fight cancer in five critical areas:

  • Tobacco Use
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Prevention, screening and early detection
  • Access to quality treatment and clinical trials