Last week was World Health Day, a day marking the establishment of the World Health Organization and its ongoing work to protect the physical wellbeing of people across the globe.
As North America’s favorite maker of salads and healthy fresh foods, Taylor Farms is committed to fostering a healthy community among our customers and our employees. For our customers, we deliver healthy, budget-friendly lettuce and other produce. In our communities, we host student farmer’s markets and other initiatives.
We also believe firmly that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce. In effort to foster a culture of healthy living, Taylor Farms started its first internal employee Health and Wellness program in 2015. The program’s overall goals are for employees to better understand their health and have on-site opportunities to improve it. We also provide prevention and management programs and private health coaching for employees.
To kick off the program, more than 2,000 employees participated in biometric screenings, where they learned their BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose level. The rest of the year included opportunities to learn more about our common health conditions through health education classes, cooking demonstrations, and private health coaching.
Biometric screenings are currently are underway for 2016 where employees and their covered spouses have the chance to earn up to $200 in incentives for participating.
It’s important for every one to promote healthy living in the communities where we live and work. From the worldwide efforts of the World Health Organization, to initiatives to keep our employees healthy, to the choices we make in the grocery store each day, World Health Day is an important reminder that we can all think globally and act locally to create a better quality of life for those around us.