ARAMARK received a Platinum Award from the National Business Group on Health as they recognized the 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles. The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, honored ARAMARK for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging its workers and families to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles.
"At ARAMARK, we have the commitment and the expertise to help educate, enable and encourage people of all ages to adopt healthier lifestyles," said Valerie Wandler, senior vice president, human resources services, ARAMARK, in a prepared statement. "We incorporate our mission to 'enrich and nourish lives' into our health and wellness programs, ensuring that our ARAMARK Take Care program supports a positive, healthy and enriching work and life experience for our employees and their families. That then translates into the services we provide our clients and consumers."
ARAMARK was among a small group of elite employers receiving the highest Platinum honor. This is the fifth consecutive year that ARAMARK has been recognized by the National Business Group on Health and the first year at the Platinum Award level.
ARAMARK's Commitment to Health and Wellness
One of ARAMARK's top priorities has long been the health and wellness of its employees, as well as the consumers it serves each day, according to the company. Because ARAMARK touches millions of consumers around the world daily, the company is well positioned to have a positive impact on the dining and healthy lifestyle choices of a broad audience of consumers. Throughout its operations, ARAMARK uses its nutritional knowledge, culinary expertise, and consumer input to empower healthier environments, experiences and outcomes. ARAMARK offers healthy food and beverage options to address nutrition and dietary priorities; promotes awareness through health and wellness education and outreach programs; conducts consumer research to study food, nutrition and health trends; and partners with leading businesses, nonprofit and governmental organizations to make a greater impact on public health.
ARAMARK's Take Care program is designed to promote a culture of wellness among employees and their families, and to provide them with the plans, resources and tools to help with their health, family, finances and future. The wellness programs available through Take Care span all aspects of an employee's health, including physical and emotional well-being. The program offers a full range of confidential, free resources and services, from preventive care to free health screenings. It includes Healthy Steps, which provides one-on-one personal nurse support to those with chronic health conditions, weight management, 24/7 Nurseline to help answer health questions, health assessments, and a smoking cessation program. It also provides a variety of employee assistance and counseling programs on everything from balancing work and personal life to mental health and substance abuse issues to prenatal health.
Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: "We are proud to honor ARAMARK for its ongoing commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees. ARAMARK is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promoting healthy workplaces and lifestyles."