SOURCE: GlobalFit

GlobalFit

May 31, 2011 12:00 ET

GlobalFit Encourages Employers to Further Embrace Workplace Health Initiatives in Honor of Professional Wellness Month

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - Walking programs. Smoking cessation. Weight loss challenges. Nutrition counseling. All reflect the enhanced offerings in corporate wellness programs that have become more popular as the American workforce has become more engaged in improving personal health. Although the goal of such programs remains proactively addressing health issues, such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, many companies promoting corporate wellness initiatives have experienced important benefits beyond creating healthier employees. Today, companies providing upstream wellness programs not only enjoy a healthier bottom line related to healthcare costs but more importantly, enjoy a more positive, upbeat and productive workforce.

June is Professional Wellness Month and according to the annually-issued Principal Financial Well-Being Index, wellness initiatives now result in higher employee satisfaction and productivity, fewer sick days and improved motivation -- all of which have a positive and direct economic impact on a business' bottom line. Most notably, its 2011 survey showed that nearly half (48 percent) of all respondents agreed that wellness benefits have encouraged employees to stay in their current employment situation.

"Corporate wellness programs have become critical to the creation of a strong, vibrant and healthy workplace culture," says Frank Napolitano, CEO of GlobalFit, which itself was named one of Philadelphia's "Healthiest Places to Work" by the Philadelphia Business Journal. "At a time of unprecedented healthcare costs, employers who implement structured wellness programs not only help to control these costs but also identify employee health as a top priority of a company's leadership. When that priority is clearly articulated to a workforce, it becomes shared and permeates the culture of a workplace."

GlobalFit has pioneered one of the leading corporate wellness programs in the nation in Destination: You -- a web-based activity tracking program that calculates number of steps taken, distance walked and calories burned by employees via activity trackers. With innovative technology and a tangible reminder clipped to their shoes, Destination: You creates a community of employees who strive to be active. Participants in GlobalFit's Destination: You program include Domino's Pizza, Fox Rothschild and the cable-channel, Inspiration Network.

"Corporate wellness programs perfectly demonstrate that what is best for your employees is often best for your company too," says Napolitano.

To learn more about GlobalFit, Destination: You and its many corporate wellness offerings, please visit www.globalfit.com.

ABOUT GLOBALFIT
With 70 million eligible employees in the United States and Canada, GlobalFit is a leading provider of healthy living programs. Since 1992 GlobalFit has been known for its network of 10,000+ gyms but today, its signature offering is Destination: You, a corporate program, combining step-based activity tracking with education, motivation and incentives to help employees build healthier lifestyles. GlobalFit also provides convenient, affordable options, notably its Virtual Nutrition Coach and "Healthy Changes," a menu of customizable, one-on-one health programs.

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