With its 2015 “Healthiest Employers List,” the Dallas Business Journal honored and recognized companies who have demonstrated a commitment to wellness and encourage their employees to live a healthier lifestyle. This year G&A Partners was named the No. 5 healthiest employer in all of North Texas.
Human resources administrator G&A Partners began offering a basic wellness program in 2011, which included gym stipends, Costco membership reimbursements to encourage healthy eating and free biometric screenings.
Over the past several years, the company’s efforts have expanded and grown into a comprehensive wellness program that includes wellness evaluations, engagement initiatives and incentives.
G&A also hired a full-time wellness specialist who devotes at least 40 hours each week to oversee and promote their program while continuing its growth.
In addition to providing preventative health exams, biometric screenings and health risk assessments, the company’s wellness program promotes a different health focus each month to advocate a well-rounded approach to wellness.
The company also introduced wellness challenges and wellness points.
Wellness challenges may involve running or walking in a fun run, maintaining one’s weight over the holidays, working out at the gym, or wearing a fitness tracker. These spirited challenges encourage teamwork and provide a strong support system to employees determined to change their lifestyle.
G&A employees earn wellness points when they complete preventive health exams, participate in a wellness challenge or take an online course. Prizes are awarded to employees who earn the most wellness points throughout the year.
To further encourage employees to pursue a healthier lifestyle, G&A offers a stipend of $20 a month toward a gym membership, subsidizes the purchase of a fitness tracker (Fitbit), and provides complimentary teas, fresh fruit and oatmeal in its break room.
This article originally appeared in the Dallas Business Journal. To view the original article, please click here.