The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita is honoring employers who are committed to creating healthy workplaces, reports The Wichita Eagle. They award companies who help employees live healthy lives and make lasting lifestyle changes. The three companies being honored this year are Bombardier Learjet, City of Derby and Start-Thinking.
Bombardier Learjet is an aircraft manufacturer that employs 2,300 people. Their wellness program includes assessment and counseling, lunch-and-learn sessions, webinars, physical activities, and fitness challenges. “One of the main things we have done is to create a culture around wellness,” explains Troy Leinen, corporate benefits and human resources manager. About 40 percent of employees participate in the program, which is further incentivized with financial awards.
??The City of Derby employs 180 people and uses a diversified approach to workplace wellness. “I think we realize there’s not one solution for everybody,” said Kristy Bansemer, public information officer and wellness committee coordinator. Employees can take advantage of Weight Watchers at Work, free visits with a nutritionist, a holiday weight maintenance challenge, and quarterly healthy snack days. Employees are rewarded through the Vitality program, which is offered through the city’s insurance plan. Participants that maintain a high level of engagement in the program earn credits that can be used to purchase merchandise like iPods.??
Start-Thinking is a small business that has three full-time employees and additional part-time workers. They invested in a company bike to use for running errands and that employees can use to stretch their legs on breaks. They brainstormed other ways to stay healthy during the day, from taking walks for meetings to switching to healthy snacks like apples and almonds. They also signed up for Fitness with Robbie Ray, a group workout and advice program lead by local trainer Robbie Ray. They meet at his gym or outside in Old Town.
It’s worth applauding these healthy workplaces and the practices they’ve instilled. They give employees social support to stay on-track with their fitness goals.
Learn more about corporate wellness and a healthy office environment:
Why You Should Care That Your Employees are in Good Shape – by Robbie Ray
Healthy Office Tip – Try a Salad Potluck
Workplace Yoga Reduces Stress, Improves Sleep