Lowering healthcare costs starts by creating a culture of health and fitness in an organization first starts by example, then opportunity. Peak 10 people have both the example and the opportunity, supported by encouragement and reward.
It begins with the leadership. Calling David Jones a cycling enthusiast is like saying NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon likes fast cars. David’s penchant for fitness has earned him two citations as Charlotte’s healthiest CEO. Among his many community activities, David is president of Steel Creek YMCA. Joining him on the YMCA Board is Karin Davies, vice president of human resources. A fitness devotee in her own right. Karin is committed to improving the health and wellness of the Peak 10 workforce.
Why this is important is pretty simple. Healthy people have more energy, think more clearly, take less sick time, and probably live longer than those who avoid checkups and exercise. Healthy employees make a healthy company. And they’re generally more fun to be around!
Peak 10’s employees are living proof. Our healthcare insurance premiums haven’t budged in three years. Spouses and partners of employees are leaving their own insurance plans and switching to ours.
Twice as many employees now get screened for diabetes, cholesterol and bio mass than just six months ago. Getting these tests annually surfaces health issues when they are most treatable. Waiting can make ailments more difficult and expensive to treat than identifying them early.
Greater benefits await all employees, as well as the company and our customers, when people take an active role in managing their health through diet, exercise and regular check-ups. That’s why we offer cardio and Pilates work-outs during the week, and encourage healthier diets.
More programs and incentives will be coming in the months ahead, including possibly rewarding employees with lower insurance premiums for their active participation in remaining healthy.
Be good to yourself. Today needn’t be the best you feel for the rest of your life.