PHOENIX, June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul has established a culture of healthy living for its Team Members throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now others are honoring the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage for the bold steps it has recently taken.
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program presented U-Haul International, Inc. with its Gold Standard Award on June 23 during a ceremony celebrating employers that have instigated evidence-based health initiatives to improve the well-being of their employees, employees' families and communities.
U-Haul was among 27 Arizona institutions to meet HAWP's gold eligibility requirements. Gold recipients not only set new goals and implemented programs, but showed they have tracked and documented outcomes and behavioral change.
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"We are excited to be recognized by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health as a Gold Standard Healthy Arizona Worksite," said Jessica Lopez, U-Haul Chief of Staff. "Employee wellness is of high importance at U-Haul International. A healthy team is a happy and productive team. These wellness changes benefit our employees' health and produce even more positive results for our business overall."
U-Haul wellness marketing specialist Monique Wantland, who has been tasked with cultivating the Company's healthy-living programs, said innovative wellness benefits and a modified food philosophy are at the forefront of this culture change.
Healthy options have replaced fatty and sugary foods and drinks in the U-Haul café and vending machines, while tobacco use has been discouraged via the removal of most smoking areas.
"To work for a company that cares so much about their employees is amazing," Wantland said. "We have gym reimbursements, registered dietitian reimbursements, onsite exercises classes, weight management classes and constant communication on health and wellness to employees.
"U-Haul cares about every Team Member. We focus on wellness as a whole from exercise, nutrition, mindset and health. So being honored for this award makes us even more driven to keep pushing forward and improving."
HAWP is affiliated with the Phoenix FitPHX program, a healthy-living initiative launched in 2013 by Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman. For more information, go to healthyazworksites.org.
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