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Earlier this year, Blackstone Environmental staff particpated in the Miles for Mark 5K, a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society.

S tudies consistently show the benefits of healthy employees. Those include improved morale and productivity, better mental health, fewer sick days, reduced healthcare and insurance costs, fewer accidents, better team building, and, most importantly, overall happiness in both professional and personal life. Healthy employees are more productive, have fewer sick days, fewer accidents, and are happier in their professional and personal lives. Growing an employee wellness program

growth, and positive workplace environment/ team building. The Holiday Challenge focused on stress management and wellness, exercise and health, and finances and gift giving. Participants chose three items from a list of options to work on during each challenge and shared their goals with the CHSO. The challenges lasted about four weeks each. Blackstone provided incentives for participation, such as Blackstone “Blackstone employees are engaged and keeping active, whether it’s a run or walk after work, a 5K with coworkers, or getting more steps in around the office.”

Anne Melia

Blackstone initiated a company-wide health and wellness program in August 2018 based on an employee survey to gauge interest. Every employee completed the survey and responses were positive. Participants were interested in improving these areas: lifetime health, workplace and personal health, safety, nutrition, and life skills. An internal health and wellness team was created consisting of the corporate health and safety officer (CHSO) and two other staff members. The program kicked off with periodic emails on relevant health and wellness topics that were areas of interest on the original survey. In 2019, Blackstone offered three health and wellness challenges. The challenges – in the spring, summer, and during the end-of-year holidays – included a broad range of options within several categories, including physical condition and exercise fitness, nutrition, emotional and personal

See ANNE MELIA, page 4


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