Breckenridge Grand Vacations hosted its inaugural Employee Wellness Fair Tuesday with free physicals, blood tests and flu shots plus a $100 health care credit for all of its employees.
The wellness fair, organized by a 12 person committee, brought out a majority of employees during a work day to promote health, which exceeded the goals set for the first year of the program.
Committee organizers were hoping to see 50 percent of employees participate, their expectations were well exceeded by the attendance of the event with 235 of the 388 employees and independent contractors of the company. Many employees brought their spouses or children along for the free flu shots and discounted health services for $61.
As an incentive for employees, Breckenridge Grand Vacations paid an extra $100 toward its company health care accounts for attendance at the fair.
"We're excited to offer the wellness program to our employees to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle," said Mike Millisor, owner of Breckenridge Grand Vacations. "We believe in order to remain the employer of choice in Summit County we need to offer the best options for employee wellness."
The process was quick and painless besides the quick pricks from the administered flu shots and blood tests.
Employee Eli Yoder said he was thankful for the opportunity.
"I'm going to save that money for emergencies," Yoder said. "I think it's good to get a good balance in there while I'm young and working and before I need to get any work done on my knees."
Breckenridge Grand Vacations' new companywide initiative was hosted at Beaver Run Conference Center in Breckenridge. The wellness fair began at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m., expediting employees through three wellness stations.
"Wellness programs save companies money from insurance costs, but it's really in everyone's best interest and happiness to have a healthy place to work," Jenna Duncan, member of the company's wellness committee said. "Having everyone healthy enough to keep working is important."
Numerous local health care professionals, vendors and yoga and pilates studios were represented alongside the buffet of healthy snacks provided for employees.
Each employee was equipped with a passport that listed all of the different vendors in attendance. Each stop at a vendor would earn a stamp, qualifying for an extra entry into the fair raffle.
Prizes up for the taking Tuesday included several gift certificates from local businesses including yoga and pilates studios, general fitness equipment and numerous $50 gift certificates to a business of the lucky winner's liking - falling under of course, healthy perimeters laid out by the company.
"This is a very proactive program," said Rusty Quarles, Denman Employee Benefits specialist and one of the vendors at the event. "I think Breckenridge Grand Vacations really sets the bar for employers in Summit County. I hope more businesses follow in their footsteps with these healthy initiatives."