March 31, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BeniComp Advantage Contact: Lindsay Wojnarowski, 260-469-4942
Baylor School Contact: Barbara Kennedy, Director of External Affairs, 423-265-7707, ext. 354
(CHATTANOOGA, TENN.) - Baylor School has been named a recipient of the Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite Award from the American Heart Association (AHA).
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the workforce by making employees’ health and wellness a priority. The AHA classifies a Fit-Friendly Worksite as an employer that “goes above and beyond when it comes to the health of its employees, embracing criteria outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture.”
A big part of Baylor’s commitment to employee wellness is its partnership with BeniComp Advantage, which rewards healthy lifestyles by allowing employees to earn credits toward base health plan costs. “We are firm believers that employees should have the ability to control their health care costs by taking ownership of their lifestyle choices,” says Julie Short, Director of Sales for BeniComp Advantage. “Therefore, if employees are making positive strides, rewards should be given.”
Baylor affords employees many opportunities to make those positive strides. According to Baylor Human Resources Director Brenda Waddell, healthy lunch menus in Guerry Dining Hall, free on-campus exercise and yoga classes, access to Baylor’s state-of-the-art exercise facilities, a monthly health newsletter written by Baylor coach and fitness expert Julian Kaufman, and the BeniComp biometric screenings have all stimulated the commitment to improving personal wellness. Baylor employees and families also have access to the nurse practitioner and registered nurses at the school’s Health Center, including free or discounted flu shots each year.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Baylor, and our seven-year partnership with Benicomp has been significant,” says Baylor’s Chief Financial Officer Dallas Joseph. “There is no greater benefit we can offer our employees than helping them live healthier, happier lives. ‘
“Through this venture, we’ve seen a great improvement in our employees’ health and well-being, and Baylor is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” Joseph continued. “Baylor is committed to providing the best working environment possible.”
The American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information regarding prevention and treatment.
About Baylor School
Baylor School is a private, coeducational prep school on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Founded in 1893, the school enrolls students in grades 6-12, including boarding students in grades 9-12. These students are served by Baylor's 148 members of faculty, over two-thirds of whom hold advanced degrees, including nearly 40 adults who live on campus and serve as dorm parents. Baylor has had a student win the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in math and science, as well as a teacher who received the National Siemens Award for Exemplary Teaching. The school is also an athletic powerhouse, having the best high school sports program in Tennessee and in the top 25 nationwide according to Sports Illustrated. For more information about Baylor Schools, visit www.baylorschool.org or call 423-267-8505
About BeniComp Advantage
Starting in 1962, BeniComp, Inc. developed the wellness product called BeniComp Advantage, receiving exemption from current healthcare guidelines such as HIPAA, ADA, GINA and PPACA. This patent-pending product has approval in all 50 states, has received awards for innovation and best practices. BeniComp Advantage has also been featured in numerous publications for its cutting edge approach to outcomes-based wellness. For more information about BeniComp Advantage, visit www.benicompadvantage.com or call the customer service line at 1-866-222-0102.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. AHA teams up with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, visit www.heart.org or call 1-800-242-8721.