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As it nears the end of its 75th anniversary year, supercenter retail pioneer Meijer, Inc. is celebrating three awards it’s garnered this year for its emphasis on employee wellness programs.
Citing Meijer’s commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles within its ranks, the American Heart Association (AHA) deemed the retailer a “Fit Friendly Company” this past year, and the grocer was also named one of the “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer also received the “Most Effective Plan Implementation” honor from Consumer Directed Health Care Solutions Magazine.
“It’s an honor to be acknowledged for achieving one of our most important goals,” said Karen Morris, SVP of human resources for the family-held chain that operates 190 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. “Helping our team members and their families achieve good health and well-being is key to being a successful company, and we’re extremely proud to be recognized for these important healthy-living initiatives.”
From healthy alternatives in the cafeteria and vending machines to Wellness Wednesdays — when team members of the corporate office are encouraged to take fitness walks on the company’s walking path — to walking challenges hosted for employees in all 190 stores, the Midwest grocer earned the accolade from the AHA for the steps it has taken toward the health and wellness of its employees.
Meijer was cited by NBGH in June for its employee health benefits and its “Be Healthy Wellness Program,” which aims to support and empower employees and their families to achieve a healthier life balance, while its third honor came in July from the Directed Health Care Solutions Magazine, which recognized the company for having the “Most Effective Health Plan Integration.” The company’s Wellness Incentive Program rewards employees for taking a Health Risk Assessment (HRA), along with designated wellness programs such as online health education classes, health coaching and disease management.