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Meijer recognized for achievements in employee wellness


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A Midwest-based retailer has been awarded for its commitment to keeping employees healthy.

Citing Meijer's commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles within its ranks, the retailer was deemed a 'Fit Friendly Company' this past year by the American Heart Association. The company was also named one of the 'Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles' by the National Business Group on Health, and was awarded the 'Most Effective Plan Implementation' honor by 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 human resources for Meijer. "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' where team members of the corporate office are encouraged to take a fitness walk on the company's walking path, to holding walking challenges for employees in all 190 stores, Meijer was recognized by the American Heart Association for the steps it has taken toward health and wellness of its employees.

In June the NBGH cited Meijer's employee health benefits and 'Be Healthy Wellness Program' as two examples of its commitment to promoting a healthy work environment. The 'Be Healthy Wellness Program' aims to support and empower employees and their families to achieve a healthier life balance.

Meijer's third honor came in July from the Directed Health Care Solutions magazine recognizing the company for having the 'Most Effective Health Plan Integration.' In particular, the magazine cited the retailer's Wellness Incentive Program, which rewards employees for taking a Health Risk Assessment (HRA), along with such designated wellness programs as online health education classes, health coaching or disease management.

Meijer continues to build on its focus of prevention, health education and workplace wellness initiatives.

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