Breckenridge Grand Vacations takes active role in improving employee health |

Breckenridge Grand Vacations takes active role in improving employee health

Patch Doyle, sitting, an information technology specialist for Breckenridge Grand Vacations, takes advantage of Andi Frye's massage therapy skills during Tuesday's employee wellness fair. | Summit Daily News

On Tuesday officials from Breckenridge Grand Vacations celebrated the success of its second annual employee wellness fair.

Ginny Vietti, vice president of marketing for BGV, said the wellness fair was created with a two-fold purpose: to promote healthy lifestyles among BGV’s employees and reach the company’s goal of being Summit County’s employer of choice.

The wellness fair brought together 15 local health care companies to provide health screenings, comprehensive blood work and flu shots, as well as professionals to provide guidance about the company’s open enrollment benefits program and 401k counseling.

“We believe people are more productive when they’re healthy,” Vietti said. “With all of the changes to health care, we want people to be educated about their health and come up with a benefits plan they are comfortable with.”

Although the wellness fair is only in its second year, Vietti said she has already seen positive changes in many of BGV’s employees. She referenced one in particular who attended last year’s wellness fair and left knowing he was borderline obese.

“He took it to heart and changed his lifestyle by eating better and working out, and he’s lost 45 pounds to date,” Vietti said. “He has more energy, he’s happier and this really changed his life. We’re hoping to do that for others.”

It appears company employees are taking advantage of BGV’s dedication to employee health as company officials reported attendance to this year’s wellness fair not only exceeded 2012 numbers, but also their own goals for 2013.

Last year 211 employees participated in the first wellness fair, said Jenna Duncan, marketing inventory manager at BGV’s Grand Lodge on Peak 7 property. Company officials hoped to best that by attracting 230 employees in 2013, but by day’s end the count was well above 300 participants.

One of those employees was August Steffen, 34, who works in the engineering department at Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Steffen was an employee of Vail Resorts a year ago and therefore did not participate in BGV’s first wellness fair, but said he attended Tuesday’s event to take advantage of blood screening services because there is a history of high blood pressure in his family.

“I went through their (Vail Resorts) wellness fair and everything checked out good, but because people in my family have high blood pressure I like to have it checked out twice a year to stay on top of it,” Steffen said. “I’m young, but I’m not getting any younger, so it’s good information to have.”

In addition to health services, participants in Tuesday’s wellness fair had the opportunity to earn $100 wellness dollars and win raffle prizes including an iPad and a Kindle. Employees may apply their wellness dollars to the cost of a ski pass, massages and a variety of other wellness activities, Duncan said.

BGV currently employs more than 450 locals at its three properties, including the Gold Point Resort, Grand Timber Lodge and The Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and is one of the largest private travel and tourism companies in Summit County, Vietti said.

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