At the Austin City Council meeting on June 10, Capital Metro was recognized for our comprehensive employee wellness program when we became a certified partner in the Mayor’s Fitness Council.
Being a member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council is a big deal. Certified partners must meet and adhere to four pillars of health: physical activity, nutrition, healthy weight and tobacco-free living. Capital Metro has demonstrated accomplishments in all areas.
Raydell Loggins, a MetroAccess driver, and Terry Walker, a bus operator, were in the contingent of Capital Metro staff who attended the city council meeting to accept the certification. Both women have improved their health by making use of our wellness benefits, such as a 24-hour gym and personal trainers, a nutritionist, on-site personal trainers, health screenings, tobacco cessation resources, Weight Watchers groups, and workshops covering a variety of health topics.
Terry said, “With the help of Capital Metro’s wellness program I was able to lose weight and feel good about myself. I’ve also been smoke-free for 22 straight days.”
Capital Metro recently adopted a tobacco-free workplace policy, and the next step in our quest for wellness may be designating the boarding areas of both MetroRail platforms and park & rides as tobacco free. We’ll be conducting a customer survey about such a policy later this month.
From the company’s perspective, our wellness program not only makes us a rockin’ employer, but the program basically pays for itself through the decreased healthcare costs and absenteeism rates that have come as a result of having healthier employees. You can get in on the action, too–join the Capital Metro team. A healthy (pun intended) handful of available jobs are posted on our Web site.
Here’s HR Director Donna Simmons accepting the Mayor’s Fitness Council certification at the June 10 Austin City Council meeting.