ms consultants ranked 3rd among medium size employers (101-500 employees) in Columbus Business First’s listing of central Ohio’s healthiest employers. Columbus Business First reporter Andrea Tortora writes, “Wellness programs are becoming commonplace in companies because healthy employees mean good things for the bottom line.” This is a fact ms is finding to be true as we look forward to improved employee health in 2013.
Part of what’s made the ms Wellness Program, Wellness at Work, such a success is the variety of programs and activities offered, such as health coaching, group weight loss programs, health competitions, office yoga, and extracurricular activities like the ms Run Club. By providing all employees with nutrition information and guidance, and giving them access to a variety of ways to stay active, we have seen a shift in employees’ focus toward overall healthier living. In fact, due to employee requests last year for additional healthy options the office vending machines, ms has permanently changed its vending purchasing!
Another aspect that has made our wellness program a success is its rewards based system. We provide employees with cash incentives and prize drawings throughout the year, with an annual health insurance premium reduction given to all participants who meet program participation requirements.
More Wellness in 2013
Held on April 3 was our most recent corporate wellness event, and included lunch office yoga and an afternoon walk in support of National Walking Day. Our corporate wellness program coordinator, Jackie Dominas, led these activities from Embrace Wellbeing . With more participants that ever, it was a fun day full of activity.
Future programs include a pedometer contest, Maintain Don’t Gain challenge, and additional Healthy Habits group sessions. We are looking forward to making this our healthiest year ever!