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Eight-seven percent of FM Global’s employees said that health and wellness has become part of the company’s culture, according to the most recent employee health survey. “Our business is all about minimizing risk and preventing losses,” said Carole Williamson, manager of FM Global’s health-and-wellness programs, explaining why initiatives resonate with employees.
Senior management at Rhode Island’s largest top private company, according to Providence Business News’ 2012 Book of Lists, which provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, really walk the walk, according to Williamson. Several members of senior management work out regularly in the company’s fitness center at various times during the day, she said, setting an example for other employees.
The company recently has begun a fruit-and-vegetable market on Mondays to encourage healthy-eating habits. And, every year, FM Global sponsors a team-based fitness challenge.
Williamson said the company’s wellness program is run internally, working with vendors, including the Mayo Clinic and Shape Up The Nation.
The data from the health-risk profiles tell the story: the average number of health risks per employee has decreased over time, fewer employees are considered at very or high risk for chronic disease and employees at risk for tobacco use has decreased from 17 percent to 12 percent, she said. •