Website expands resources on workplace wellness

Apr 26, 2013
Website expands resources on workplace wellness

A Virginia wellness initiative for small businesses has expanded its new website to include employer profiles and other resources for companies that want to promote healthy lifestyles among employees., developed by the Virginia Healthy Small Business Center in Richmond, debuted as a beta site in mid-December.

"Now it's fully loaded and ready to rock and roll," said Kevin Gaydosh, publicist for Small Business Be Well. "It's got a lot more functionality to it and a lot more resources added to it."

Those resources include inspirational stories about companies making strides in workplace wellness.

One example is SwimWays Corp., a Virginia Beach manufacturer of pool toys, floats, swim aids and other recreational water items.

The company provides health coverage for employees, but it was struggling with high insurance premium increases. It reduced those mounting expenses with several wellness programs, such as:

* A free on-site gym, which SwimWays converted from a vacant office at a cost of $5,000.

* Smoking cessation workshops.

* Compensation of $100 for employees who participate in athletic events including bike rides or runs

* Reimbursement of $200 for employees' off-site gym memberships.

* Healthier break-room snacks: fresh fruit instead of doughnuts. provides four tool kits - Live Well, Eat Well, Be Active and Be Safe - for employers and employees.

The site also offers "10 Easy Tips for a Healthier Workplace." For example, No. 2 encourages employers to designate just one area for copying and printing.

This not only encourages employees to get up and move more, but it also saves money on buying multiple office machines.