There’s nothing quite like the sight of a gaggle of runners with race numbers on their chests running across a bridge over the Rio Grande (river, that is). “What’s this?” a man wearing a marathon jersey asked me as he approached from the other direction, ready to start his morning run. “It’s a 5K my company hosts every season,” I replied—admittedly a little proud. “Wow, that’s great,” he said with a smile and joined the group to run along the trail.
Fifty-nine Rio Grande (the jewelry company) associates participated in the Cinco-K-March run this past Saturday. Walkers and runners (and a few kids and dogs) took over 3.1 miles of the Bosque trail as part of our company-wide Wellness Program. Completing the 5K (which all 59 of us did!) earned us each 25 “life points” in the program, which aims to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyle in Rio Grande associates through activities, classes and wellness choices. In short, Rio wants happy and healthy employees.
Rio’s Wellness Program is an innovative approach to healthcare and employee well being that really is something unique and wonderful about Rio.
By completing such activities as running a 5K, going to get your teeth cleaned, and wearing a seatbelt every time you’re in the car, associates earn points towards rewards such as lower health care premiums or gift cards to Starbucks (my personal favorite). The aim of the program is to heighten awareness of improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent long-term health issues –and, in turn, keep health care costs for the company down. It’s a true win-win, and Dr. Barry Ramo agrees.
On top of the 5K every season, Rio offers health fairs, an on-site gym, monthly wellness classes (on topics like heart health and stretching at work), on site Zumba and Yoga classes, and bi-annual health risk assessments including blood pressure screenings. Rio’s Wellness Program has been so successful, the New Mexico Business Weekly recently named Rio Grande the winner of New Mexico’s Healthiest Employers for the second year in a row.
Being an associate for one of New Mexico’s healthiest companies sure makes me feel well—can I earn life points for that?