Fit Louisville

2015

Greater Louisville Health Guide is a directory and resource guide to health providers and services in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes listings of area doctors and dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency care.

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F I T 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 1 1 Wellness at Work One perk of being among Brown-Forman's 2,900 employees: getting reimbursed up to $250 for ftness gear like running shoes and golf clubs. Employees also get up to $250 annually to fll out a health assessment, get a preventative screening or work with a wellness coach. Why offer incentives like these for healthy behavior? Rebecca Hurst, manager of international benefts and global wellness at Brown-Forman, says the company has increased employee engagement, morale and productivity. In other words, it makes a lot of business sense. A culture of healthy behaviors also helps attract top new talent, Hurst says. "Wellness is something that is starting to be asked for at the recruitment level, and we're already there," she says. In addition to the cash rewards, the company makes healthy workplace habits easy. Maybe you've heard the now byword, "Sitting is the new smoking." As part of the company's wellness initiative, employees have opportunities to get up from their desks and incorporate physical activity into their day. The fnancial department actually does something called "ping-pong meetings," which, Hurst says, promote better communication and inspire friendly competition. Employees also have walking meetings at the on-campus outdoor track or at treadmill desks. (Yes, those exist.) Sarah Lee Kruer, who works in HR at Brown-Forman, tries to walk on the tread desks at least 30 minutes a day. The two-mile-per-hour pace isn't fast enough to make anyone break a sweat, but Kruer says it helps her think more creatively. For employees who want to keep their workout and their workday separate, the company offers an on-site gym, ftness classes like kickboxing and yoga, and wellness coaching by Heuser Health. (An interesting aside about corporate wellness: Hurst coordinates these programs in all of the company's global offces and says they're adapted to what's important to employees in each locale. In Amsterdam, for example, there's more of an emphasis on nutrition and mental health. Londoners want ergonomically friendly chairs and desks.) Healthy-workplace culture isn't just for big companies, though. Genscape, a local company that monitors the energy markets, also puts a big emphasis on employee wellness. Workers get $600 annually (or about $50 a month — the approximate cost of a gym membership) for ftness. They can also get wellness coaching and help quitting smoking. HR manager Merabeth Martin says big plans are in the works for an on-site gym with locker rooms, showers and bike storage. Instead of making a trip to vending machines for chips and doughnuts, Genscape employees get healthy snacks catered by Creation Gardens. On Fridays, local restaurants cater healthy lunches. To keep productivity-killing illnesses like the fu at a minimum, all employees can get vaccinations at work or work from home when they're sick. And again, the company encourages moving around during the day. "It's nothing for me to send out an impromptu email on a nice day telling everyone we're going to walk across the Second Street Bridge that afternoon," Martin says. These two employers have found ways to keep their workers healthy and active — on the job. By Jaren Cooley

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