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All WesleyLife Locations Designated as Blue Zones Work Sites™

posted on Monday, March 9, 2015

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) have designated all nine WesleyLife locations as Blue Zones Work Sites™ for creating work environments that promote and encourage employee well-being. 

To earn the designation, each site had to exceed criteria in seven key areas promoting wellness. WesleyLife earned the right to display the Blue Zones seal with initiatives such as stocking break rooms with 10-inch plates and tall, skinny glasses to encourage smaller portions, providing an on-site garden for employees and creating a wellness advisory committee. WesleyLife also conducts annual employee health screenings and provides financial incentives for those who take action to meet fitness goals.

“WesleyLife has shown great commitment and leadership by completing the Blue Zones Worksite pledge across nine locations, with more than 50 percent of employees completing a personal pledge,” said Blue Zones Project Iowa Director Mary Lawyer. “They have set a great example for others in the state and their field.” 

WesleyLife’s nine locations include its seven senior living communities, the Des Moines headquarters for its home-based services and its home office in Johnston, IA. WesleyLife’s commitment to the Blue Zones philosophy of successful aging is a natural fit with its vision of transforming the aging experience.  

“As a health and wellness network, we’re keenly aware that the work of supporting the independence, health and well-being of older adults starts with us,” said Rob Kretzinger, CEO of WesleyLife. “For us, this designation puts a public seal of approval on all we do to create a healthier workforce to serve more older Iowans.”

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