Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - STAY HEALTHY - By Ni­cola Bridges

Imag­ine a work­place cul­ture that pro­motes not just phys­i­cal and men­tal health, but thriv­ing in life as well as work. More and more com­pa­nies are do­ing just that, says Re­nee Moore­field, chair of the Well­ness at Work ini­tia­tive at the Global Well­ness In­sti­tute and founder of the firm Wis­dom Works. She’s helped global brands in­clud­ing Coca-Cola, Nike and Merck ex­pand their work­place well­ness pro­grams be­yond health checks, gym mem­ber­ships and weight-loss sup­port to ac­tu­ally cre­ate a less stressed and hap­pier work­force. When that hap­pens, Moore­field says, “Peo­ple don’t just go home feel­ing bet­ter than when they showed up—they thrive.”

Com­pa­nies that take their em­ploy­ees’ health se­ri­ously—and don’t just pay it lip ser­vice—ben­e­fit as well, says Ron Goet­zel, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute for Health and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Stud­ies at the Johns Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Great Place to Work In­sti­tute found that the top 100 com­pa­nies in the U.S. for work­place cul­ture had 65 per­cent lower em­ployee turnover. Plus, their stock mar­ket re­turns were two times higher than those of in­dus­try peers.

Here are some of the well-be­ing boost­ers that for­ward-think­ing com­pa­nies and their lead­er­ship are em­brac­ing.

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