SOURCE: Moen

December 28, 2006 08:00 ET

Battling the Bulge at Work

Employers, Such as Moen, Offer Wellness Programs to Assist Associates With Fitness & Weight-Loss Goals

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 28, 2006 -- It's January 1st. This is the year. No more doughnuts for breakfast... drive-through lunches... or candy bars in the car. 2007 will mark the dawning of a new age... of healthy eating and a dedicated workout schedule.

Until you get back to work. And someone brings in their left-over Christmas cookies. Then it's the CFO's birthday with ice cream cake for all. And Nancy in marketing is leaving, so everyone is taking her out for an indulgent "all you can eat" last buffet lunch. Then you're leaving next week for a trade show with extravagant client dinners every night. That diet you started January 1st? Not happening. You'll start again on February 1st, or so you think...

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, for many, this is an all-too-familiar story. But it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, many employers, such as Moen Incorporated, offer fitness and wellness programs to help associates stay on track with their fitness goals. Of the 600 employees working in Moen's North Olmsted headquarters, nearly half belong to the company's on-site Wellness Center.

And the programs Moen offers are working -- not only for its associates, but for the company, as well. Moen did a formal study of the impact on the bottom line and found that for every dollar spent on wellness initiatives, Moen saves three to four dollars. The savings arise from reduced time away from work and health care cost savings. For example, the study showed for every $100 Moen associates spend on health care, non-members spend about $46; versus wellness members, who spend less than $5.

A few examples of Moen's upcoming 2007 programs include:

--  American Miles -- This program, designed to encourage associates to do
    more cardiovascular exercise, encourages Moen associates to "cross the
    country" by logging their exercise daily to gain "miles."  Each time an
    associate crosses a state, they will receive a small prize.  At the end of
    12 weeks, the top two associates who have traveled the farthest will win.
    
--  Ultimate Fitness Challenge -- To encourage healthy competition among
    associates, this challenge will give individuals five different exercises
    to complete within a week.  These exercises will incorporate each element
    of fitness:  aerobic training, resistance training and flexibility.
    Designated points will be given to participants depending on how they place
    in each exercise.  At the end of the week, the male and female with the
    most points will be crowned "The Ultimate Fitness Champion."
    
--  The "Fat Bowl" Incentive Program -- Kicking off in January and running
    through March, this program (in its ninth year) places Moen associates in
    teams of four.  Similar to the popular TV show, "The Biggest Loser," each
    Moen team earns points for exercising, eating healthy foods and drinking
    water.  Every team is weighed-in on a weekly basis, and the top two teams
    with the most points and the most weight lost go to the Moen "Fat Bowl."
    The winning team is crowned "The Biggest Loser" and wins special prizes.
    New for 2007 will be a weekly "Exercise Face Off," where teams will compete
    in a designated exercise to win bonus points.
    
--  Maintain, Don't Gain -- Targeting associates who are satisfied with
    their current weight, this Moen program, which started in 2005, encourages
    associates to use the Wellness Center three times per week (earning points
    for each visit).  Each participant is weighed in the first week of the
    month, and if they maintain their weight they also receive incentive
    points.  After a designated time period, if the participant has maintained
    their weight, they receive Moen merchandise, such as fleece jackets,
    sweatshirts, and more.
    

EDITOR'S NOTE:

We would be happy to arrange an interview with Gina Palmieri, Manager of Moen's Wellness Center, who could provide further information on the success of the wellness programs. Please contact Jennifer Allanson at 216-696-0229 or jallanson@robertfalls.com for more information.

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