Governor Peter Shumlin presented Mack Molding with a Gold award for workplace wellness this summer at the state’s annual conference hosted by The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Health Services Manager Kathy Hall, RN, received the award on behalf of the company.
• Mack Community Garden — planted and harvested by employees, the 22 raised gardens were provided by Mack, along with gardening tools and easy water access. To further enhance the area, Mack added a volleyball court, driving range for golfers, picnic tables and barbecue grills, nearby hiking trails, and a dozen fruit-bearing trees.
• Eat Right, Stay Fit – geared to help participants make enduring lifestyle changes, the 12-week program encouraged healthy eating habits that resulted in a combined weight loss of over 400 pounds among 50 employees.
• Promoting Health & Wellness – designed to address employee health care issues, work-related or not, the company’s Health & Wellness program includes an on-site physician with weekly office hours. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Brian Timura is an occupational medicine specialist and primary care physician.
Committed to promoting healthy behavior and disease prevention, Mack has long been an advocate for workplace wellness. The headquarters facility includes a fitness center for employees and families that includes squash and racquetball courts, strength and cardio equipment, and on-site aerobic and yoga classes. Mack also employs a full-time health services professional who develops and implements ongoing wellness initiatives. In fact, the company has been recognized by the state twice before for its wellness programs.
“We encourage employees to take personal responsibility for their health – eat lean, exercise regularly, practice safe work habits – and we try to offer fun, creative programs to support their efforts,” says Jeff Somple, president of Mack’s Northern Operations. “At the end of the day, we are all health care consumers. So it is in everyone’s best interest to make healthy lifestyle choices that will lead to more productive lives and lower health care costs.”