Capital Metro Named one of Central Texas’ Healthiest Employers

Capital Metro was recognized at an ABJ event in March for our employee wellness initiatives. From L to R: Wellness Program Manager Tim Kelly, Humana Market Practice Leader Tom Silliman, Capital Metro Risk Manager Mike Nyren, and Capital Metro Chief of Staff Gerardo Castillo.
Capital Metro was recognized at an ABJ event in March for our employee wellness initiatives. From L to R: Wellness Program Manager Tim Kelly, Humana Market Practice Leader Tom Silliman, Capital Metro Risk Manager Mike Nyren, and Capital Metro Chief of Staff Gerardo Castillo.

Capital Metro remains one of Central Texas’ healthiest employers. Our employee wellness initiatives were recognized in March at an event hosted by the Austin Business Journal and sponsored by Central Health, Humana, RunTex and the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council.

You’ve heard us talk before about our award-winning wellness program. The program began in 2003 and has been successful in curbing the escalating healthcare costs all companies have faced over time. In fact, for every dollar invested in our wellness program, Capital Metro gets a return on investment of about $2.43 in healthcare savings and a reduction in employee absenteeism.

Some of the elements of the program include four 24-hour onsite wellness centers, free personal training, free nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian  onsite weight loss and tobacco-cessation classes, healthy cafeteria, and a bike loan program, just to name a few. Our Wellness team maintains a public facebook page, and it’s a great resource for healthy recipes, exercises and inspiration. Check it out.

In January, Capital Metro completed its move to becoming 100% tobacco free. Also new: Capital Metro now extends its nutrition counseling and workout classes to employees’ household members, too.

If all of this sounds great to you, perhaps you’d like to join the Capital Metro team? Check out our job board for administrative jobs at Capital Metro. If you’re interested in working for one of our service providers as a bus operator or mechanic, Check out the “Jobs with our Contractors” section on the Contact Us webpage.

5 thoughts on “Capital Metro Named one of Central Texas’ Healthiest Employers

  1. Will

    $2.43 savings for tyranny. Having a 24 hour fitness center. How much is this fitness center costing us taxpayers? Why don’t these overpaid persons making $18 and up an hour pay for their own gym membership? Do they still get free daycare on the taxpayer dime? Don’t worry us serfs (people employed outside the government, the change Mr. Obama has been preaching) are paying for it. This nonsense will hopefully change once the midterm elections happen, and the GOP takes over the Senate, and keeps the House. It will happen. Then you’re free ride is over. And the wheels of your expanded choo choo known as Urban Rail will be like it should be off the track.

    I am waiting for an answer, so let me repeat the question.

    “How much money does this 24 hour fitness center cost the taxpayers per year?”

    And don’t give me an answer full of spin as “We will save x amount of dollars fighting this disease”

    Capital Metro needs to go back to the bus business. Or be abolished.

    Repeating with Cynthia C. Lucas stated “We can’t be all things to all people. It is not our mission.”

    It is NOT your mission to provide fitness, health care, or day care. It IS your mission to PROVIDE BUS SERVICE.

    This is not the Soviet Union. This is the United States where we can choose to have health care or not. I thought that we had capitalism. What you are cherishing is socialism and communism. This is not American. A person working for a private company not funded by the taxpayers should earn more than someone working for the government period. The opposite is true in Communist and Socialist nations. And it didn’t work for the former USSR. It won’t work here.

    Sincerely,

    TAXED TO DEATH.

    ps. These are the facts, not personal attacks. Rather you like or can handle the facts are up to you.

    1. Erica

      We have a contract with MediFit, who runs our wellness program, for $236,000 per year. The cost to Capital Metro is offset by contributions from our service providers ($150,000 per year) and by the fees that employees pay to belong to the gym ($10,000). The wellness program has saved millions in healthcare costs and absenteeism, and those are funds that are freed up to put back into our transit service. There’s another benefit, too. By taking care of our employees, we are improving morale and so they can focus on providing great service to you.

      Also, fyi, the childcare center is not free to employees.

    1. Will

      Lisa, Why don’t you move to Canada? They have socialized medicine over there. I wonder why so many Canadians immigrate to the United States that need medical treatment? Because we have the finest healthcare system in the world, and that is about to change. I suggest the book Obamacare survival guide http://www.newsmax.com/Beating-Obamacare-Handbook-Obama-Healthcare-Law a very interesting read indeed. And while your at it, read the whole 900 pages of regulations under that Patient Affordable Care Act. Ask your fellow Canadian if they are happy with the Health Care system in Canada.

      And aren’t you going to answer the question of “How much money is this 24 hour fitness center going to cost the taxpayers?” Because I commented on here with a couple of questions that need answers, not a childish response such as “Move to Canada, and get over it.”

      Will somebody please answer my questions.

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