ARLINGTON, Vt. (April 5, 2011) – Governor Peter Shumlin presented Mack Molding with a Gold award for workplace wellness last week 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 was recognized for recent lifestyle initiatives that were inspired by the company’s overarching wellness theme – take personal responsibility for your health. The award-winning programs included the:
- Mack Community Garden — planted and harvested by employees, the 15 gardens were also supported by a local nursery with planting tips and discounted seedlings, and Mack with cedar beds, gardening tools, and easy water access. To further enhance the area, Mack added a volleyball court, a driving range for golfers, picnic tables and barbecue grills;
- 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.”
About Mack Molding
Mack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, machining, and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 10 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is president and CEO.