Meet Stephanie Smith, Director of Recreation, MIT Recreation
Not surprisingly, given her location at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Stephanie Smith faces staggering numbers on a daily basis. As Director of Recreation for the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center (the “Z Center,” as all refer to it), managed by HealthFitness, Smith oversees a staff of 232 employees, including 20-full time staff, operating in four interconnected facilities that comprise approximately 400,000 square feet.
Creative solutions to engage employees in corporate wellbeing programs
It’s no secret: corporate wellbeing programs are hugely popular. And, it’s a trend I’ve seen evolve first-hand the last 5-7 years. But, as corporate wellbeing programs have surged, so too has the need to determine how best to engage employees in them. And, for many companies, that has been an ongoing challenge.
5 ways fitness and recreation centers vitalize the communities they serve
At HealthFitness, we believe movement matters—so much so that we’ve made it our job to create environments to get (and keep) people moving. From faith-based communities, to hospitals to municipalities, we guide community residents to make better wellbeing choices and support them as they swim, exercise, play and learn.
Posted on February 28, 2019
How smart companies are building a culture of health
If building a culture of health is a top priority for your company, you’re not alone. In fact, 76% of employers identified “Creating a Culture of Health” as a top health benefit strategy over the next five years. At HealthFitness, we are a culture of healthy people helping companies build their own culture of healthy people. Here's why smart companies are choosing HealthFitness as their wellbeing partner.
Posted on February 18, 2019
Meet Shadi Rabi, Program Manager, Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center
It’s up to Shadi Rabi to ensure what’s occurring indoors is just as enjoyable and fulfilling as what’s happening outside. And, in Bethel, Alaska, that’s not always an easy task. Rabi, along with his colleague, Stacey Reardon, serve, respectively, as Program Manager and Facility Director of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center, a municipal center owned by the city of Bethel and, for the past two-and-a half years, managed by HealthFitness.
Meet Dana Taylor, HealthFitness Program Manager, Eastman
We’re HealthFitness, and we’re better people. We believe the best claim is the claim that doesn’t happen, and through our injury prevention and treatment services, we help people move better, feel better and improve their health and wellbeing.
Meet Nicole Graham, HealthFitness Program Manager
With an education in athletic training, sports medicine, coaching and psychology, Nicole Graham’s favorite part of her job makes perfect sense. “I really enjoy the coaching part of my position,” says Graham. “Mentoring my team and supporting their work to keep our client’s employees safe and productive makes me really happy, and I find it really motivating as well,” Graham says.
Meet Erica Broadway, HealthFitness Professional for a leading auto manufacturer
One of the largest automobile manufacturing facilities in the world—all 8.1 million square feet of it—is in … Georgetown, Ky. Erica Broadway, for one, didn’t know much about Georgetown, let alone envision she would make her career there when she was first hired by HealthFitness back in 2012. Broadway is one of 17 HealthFitness professionals that lead corporate fitness facility for the auto manufacturer’s employees.
How Boston Scientific stretches wellbeing to help prevent ergonomic injuries
How does Boston Scientific, a leading global medical technology company, engage its 3,500 employees in wellbeing and reduce ergonomic injuries on the job? By launching a customized ergonomic stretching program that helps employees address issues before they become more serious medical concerns.
Posted on December 20, 2018
Discover health screening options to reach all employees
Research shows that more than half of all employers include a health screening as part of their workplace wellness programs.
Why? Because when properly integrated with a worksite wellness plan, health screenings can help reduce health risks, improve health, reduce health care costs, and improve productivity and performance of the workforce.
Meet Vicky Herana-Rector, Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
Program Manager Vicky Herana-Rector applies a can-do approach and attitude to her work helping run the Lockheed Martin fitness facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. This applies both to the way she managers her team and to the way she interacts with members.
An inside look at Emory University’s wellbeing program
At HealthFitness, we work with the best and brightest organizations nationwide to improve health and wellbeing. Emory University—located in Atlanta—is top ranked among liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools and home to one of the world’s leading health care systems. Our partnership with Emory University supports employee health and wellbeing through the Healthy Emory program and the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center.
Meet Kristin Irby, Health Promotion Manager, Electrolux North America
Electrolux North America has more than 7,500 eligible employees in its wellness program. And most work in manufacturing facilities spread throughout the country. As a result of this dispersed population, Kristin Irby realized that she faced a significant challenge when she was hired in 2017 by HealthFitness as a Health Promotion Manager to oversee and implement the company’s Lux for Life
wellness and disease management program.
Meet Teresa Michael, HealthFitness Contract Manager, AT&T
Back in 1985 Teresa Michael had completed her master’s degree in exercise science with a focus on health, physical education and recreation at Southern Illinois University. She was pursuing her PhD when a classmate approached her regarding a fitness job at AT&T in Cincinnati. Michael took the attitude that at worst the interview would be a good experience.
Posted on November 16, 2018
Meet Joey Bareng, HealthFitness Fitness Program Manager, Genentech
A natural athlete growing up in Hawaii, Joey Bareng fell in love with human movement and sports. He earned a wrestling scholarship to San Francisco State University, where he received a degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis on exercise science. He stayed on as an assistant wrestling coach at his Alma Mater and became a personal trainer at local gyms, eventually taking on management positions.
Meet Jack Baker, HealthFitness Senior Research Analyst
Jack Baker began his 20-plus-year career as an anthropologist, spending time with hunters and gatherers, before working as a University of New Mexico professor and research scientist and ultimately joining HealthFitness as a Senior Research Analyst. Today, Baker, a member of the Integrated Analytics team, hunts and gathers data on HealthFitness people, programs and services and matches the data with the best method to analyze it—a process he refers to as “flex solution architecture.”
Meet Mike Kerrigan, General Manager, Cornerstone Aquatics Center
Since becoming General Manager of the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford, Conn. a year ago, Mike Kerrigan has been involved in everything, including the locker room sink. A lifelong resident of West Hartford, Kerrigan started with HealthFitness after spending 20-plus years with the greater Hartford YMCA as the Executive Director and Regional Aquatics Director, along with roles in youth and family programing, day camp and providing services to the community.
6 ways we impact wellbeing programs with our people-ready services
What does it mean to be people-ready? Having HealthFitness staff on-site at your location gives wellness a face and a place. Being people-ready means our employees are in your space, embedded within the culture, being part of what moves your company and employees. Our passionate experts work behind the scenes or front-and-center to keep health and fitness top of mind.
Meet Damarcus Jones, Ergonomic and Productivity Manager
Damarcus Jones, currently serving as an ergonomic and productivity manager at a multinational energy corporation, helps keep employees safe, productive and injury-free through our injury prevention and treatment services. “Helping employees perform their tasks safely and efficiently is my focus,” Jones says.
Posted on September 21, 2018
Meet Siarra Glover, HealthFitness Program Manager
As a certified personal trainer and functional movement specialist, HealthFitness Program Manager Siarra Glover works to get (and keep) employees moving at healthcare giant McKesson Corporation.
Posted on September 17, 2018
Meet Janelle Petak, HealthFitness Contract Manager for a leading energy company
Fueling the success of a wellbeing program that serves more than 14,000 employees at a leading energy company is a top priority for Janelle Petak, HealthFitness contract manager. Petak and her team of six on-site program managers care for the safety and health for all employees—from utility lineman to corporate office staff to engineers at nuclear plants—in more than 100 locations across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Meet Sandy Schumacher, HealthFitness Benefits Advocate
Making it easier for employees to navigate the complexities of their health benefits is Sandy Schumacher’s job—and it’s what motivates her. Schumacher is an on-site benefits advocate at one of the world’s largest automotive parts manufacturers.
Meet Kenya Orr, HealthFitness Program Manager for global plastics manufacturing company
Meet Kenya Orr, a HealthFitness program manager who serves 1,200 employees at a global plastics manufacturing company with headquarters in Mount Vernon, Indiana. For 21 years, Orr—along with her team—has inspired employees to choose better, feel better and improve their wellbeing at the company’s 8,000 square foot fitness center.
Meet Megan Sherman, HealthFitness Program Manager
We are HealthFitness, and we’re “better” people. We believe that achieving better health is a unique lifelong journey that is best achieved when people have help along the way. Help from people like Megan Sherman, a HealthFitness program manager who leads the wellness program for a leading financial services company. The company places a top priority on the health and wellbeing of its employees, partnering with HealthFitness to build and integrate its wellness program into the company culture to support and boost employee wellness for 40,000 employees and their spouses.
Meet Cody Sage, HealthFitness Certified Athletic Trainer
We are HealthFitness and we’re “better” people. We believe the best claim is the claim that doesn’t happen. That’s why we’re focused on prevention, to address health issues before they become more serious medical concerns. Attending to pain and discomfort before the need for medical diagnosis is the number one goal for Cody Sage, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and his team as they focus on the health and safety of more than 3,000 manufacturing production workers at a leading appliance manufacturing company in Louisville, Kentucky.
Meet Patricia Annoni, RN, HealthFitness Injury Prevention and Treatment Professional
We are HealthFitness, and we’re “better” people. We believe that achieving better health is a unique lifelong journey that is best achieved when people have help along the way. Help from people like Patricia Annoni, RN, BSN, who serves 1,000 manufacturing workers at a leading medical device company in Plymouth, Minn. With 24 years of nursing experience—including stints in acute care, long-term care and disease management—Annoni jumped at the opportunity to serve in a full-time injury prevention and treatment role.
We’re better people: Meet Amy Ortiz-Arzuaga
Leading a team of health coaches who provide services for a large pharmaceutical company at four different sites across Puerto Rico is no small task. Add in a hurricane and subsequent recovery efforts, and it’s understandable how basic responsibilities seem insurmountable. But Amy Ortiz-Arzuaga’s love for her team, dedication to her client’s population and her self-described “Pollyanna-attitude that every day is a good day,” has helped her and her team persevere.
Improve employee health risk behavior with health coaching
Health coaching can play a pivotal role in your wellbeing program to support a culture of health and move employee participants along the path to wellness. When designed with the participant in mind, a coaching program provides a personalized and practical approach to meet the needs of each individual in your employee population.
8 reasons companies need injury prevention and treatment programs
Launching injury prevention and treatment programs in your workplace is one of the best ways to protect your most valuable asset: your employees. Losing workers due to on-the-job injuries can result in significant disruptions and costs to your company. In fact, last year workplace injuries cost employers nearly $60 billion a year.
8 ways to help your employees find time for fitness
If you asked your employees if they would like to get more exercise, most would agree that they would like to be more physically active, but finding time for fitness is challenging. Why is it so important for your employees to be active? Consider the facts: Physical inactivity and its adverse health effects are comparable to that of smoking and obesity.
Posted on March 01, 2018
Create a culture of safe work practices and decrease on-the-job injuries
From manufacturing environments to office settings, addressing the work and non-work-related physical capabilities of employees can optimize your workforce—and lower the cost of injury and illness. Research shows that losing workers due to on-the-job injuries can result in significant disruptions and costs to your company as well as your employees and their families. Nearly 3 million on-the-job injuries
occur each year.
6 ways to help employees stay resolute about their health goals
Here are six creative ways our clients get employees moving in the New Year—and help them keep their healthy resolutions.
Fitness centers proving to be key recruiting tool in struggle for talent
Fitness centers aren’t a new concept for midsized and larger organizations. In fact, corporate gyms date all the way back to the 1880s when the National Cash Register built what may have been the first employee gym. In the 1950s and 1960s, Texas Instruments, Xerox and Rockwell all introduced employee fitness centers. Fast forward to today, and it’s not uncommon to find corporate fitness centers at many large and midsized employers across the country.
Posted on December 13, 2017
Michelin is moving the needle: How to engage the disengaged
One of Michelin’s six sustainable development priorities is to ensure the well-being and development of its workforce. As a result, the company makes a commitment to well-being and has partnered with HealthFitness to provide tools and solutions to help meet the needs of its workers and their families.
4 workplace wellbeing trends to look for in 2018
There are some exciting trends on the rise that we believe will help companies take their employer wellbeing programs to the next level. Here’s a look at four workplace well-being trends to watch in 2018.
Lessons from the campfire
I recently had the opportunity to lead an inaugural Campfire session at this year’s HERO Forum in Phoenix, “Welcome to the Jungle: Keeping pace with the Amazon-like speed of personalization.” The campfire format was new to this year’s HERO Forum; its aim is to provide a more casual and relaxed format to share insight and discuss issues of importance to our industry.
Support your “industry athletes” with movement efficiency solutions
Whether you are aged 8 or 88, everyone needs to move—and everyone can benefit from moving smarter, healthier and more efficiently.
Help employees stress less and focus on what matters most
Here are five fresh strategies we use at our client sites to help employees stress less and focus on what matters most.
4 tips to get tech employees engaged in wellness
Technology employees, like many office workers, are challenged with high stress and long hours, putting them at risk for the “sitting disease”—or sitting all day at their desk—resulting in increased risk for poor health and disease.
Help employees create a personalized journey to wellness
When it comes to their health and wellbeing, individuals are seeking a highly personalized experience that mirrors how they engage with the world’s leading consumer brands.
The not so sweet truth about the impact of sugar on employee health
The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day—in other words, nearly 330 calories with no nutritional value.
6 powerful ways worksite wellness helps employees cope with change
Here are six approaches we use at client sites to help employees stress less and make healthy choices in the midst of company changes.
Help employees prevent injury, decrease pain and speed recovery
During an average work day, many of us perform tasks in a wide variety of fields—both inside and outside the workplace—that could put our health and welfare at risk.
Get moving or get lifting? Research compares population trends for aerobic activity and resistance training
Which type of physical activity is most impactful for your employee population—aerobic activity or resistance training?
Reaching employees (literally) where they are
We have an expression in the wellbeing and fitness industry – “Reach employees where they are.” This means using multiple approaches and channels to engage your employees and keep your program constantly visible.
10 ways leaders inspire employee wellbeing
Here are 10 creative approaches we use at client sites to engage leadership—and encourage employees—to participate in health and wellbeing programs.
Use wellness champions to help spread the health
Employers who designate wellness champions as ambassadors of the company’s program can leverage their positive experiences and enthusiasm to “spread the health” to their peers.
University of Louisville combines wellness and fitness to boost wellbeing in campus community
Take a look at how we partnered with University of Louisville to establish a centralized hub for their Get Healthy Now
initiative—a campus-wide wellness program that combines wellness and fitness.
Posted on February 28, 2017
Research: 70 percent of medical cost savings comes from employees using health coaches
In measuring improvement of an employees’ nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress and tobacco use, those who worked with a coach had more significant progress across every category than those who worked on their own.
Coaching participation measurably impacts healthy behaviors
A personalized approach to wellness, made possible through our health coaches, is leading to measurable changes in participants’ healthy behaviors.
Health coaching: Employees’ loss is your gain
We have found that among our clients, health coaching offers measurable cost savings, greater impact compared to other wellness program participants and a very high satisfaction among employees. Your employees’ loss, literally, is your gain.
Make exercise convenient with virtual fitness programs
Virtual fitness offers a cost-effective, scalable way to meet more employee and family needs to keep them thriving—at work, at home, and on the go.