What a great honor to represent ESI at the Healthiest Employers of Dallas luncheon sponsored by the Dallas Business Journal. It was a tremendous pat on the back — for all of ESI’s employees who have worked so hard to achieve improved wellness for themselves and their families.
After being evaluated on a number of criteria — including culture and leadership commitment, foundational components of wellness, strategic planning, communication, marketing, and programming — ESI was selected in the medium-sized business category for Dallas area employers from 100–500 employees.
Here are just a few of the things we do at ESI to improve company-wide wellness:
- Employees receive discounted health insurance premiums for healthy living
- Fresh fruit is available fruit in our break rooms
- Daily e-mail reminders about wellness
Late in 2011, ESI kicked it up a notch by enrolling all employees in Sonic Boom Wellness, an online social networking wellness program that emphasizes being active, eating right, weight loss and overall healthy living. Sonic Boom’s model is to make healthy habits inevitable by using competition among peers, extrinsic rewards, and establishing daily healthy habits that will continue throughout our lives.
How are we doing? Great! Each day at 10:00 and 3:00 (and lunch hours), ESI employees don their sneakers and take a 1 1/2 mile walk to enjoy the fellowship of other employees, get that heart beating, and raise their step count in some very competitive contests. With their high-tech pedometers on their shoe, their number of steps, time spent active, miles, and calories burned are automatically beamed to their personal Web site so they can watch their progress — and compare it to other ESI employees.
As of today, in a little over five months, ESI employees have walked 58 million steps and burned 2.8 million calories. Look closely and you’ll see our CEO out walking daily with the other employees. This truly is a program with tremendous executive and employee involvement.
That is why I’m so proud ESI has received this award for the second consecutive year.