Connecticut Distributors, Inc. Wins Top Honors for Wellness Initiatives

2/28/2018

Congratulations to CDI

Connecticut Distributors, Inc.’s (CDI’s) wellness committee, known within the company as "Healthy Vibes," was recently recognized as a platinum honoree by The Business Council of Fairfield County's Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program. An initiative of The Business Council's Wellness Roundtable, the Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program is the premier award in Connecticut recognizing the outstanding achievements of businesses and organizations in implementing employee health promotion and wellness programs.

CDI's Health Vibes team wins platinum honors.

This year, 44 companies were recognized for offering the most forward-thinking wellness initiatives in the region, with honorees winning silver, gold or the highest honor, platinum, which CDI's Healthy Vibes team was proud to receive. 

Last year, CDI was awarded gold status, an achievement even more impressive considering the Healthy Vibes program was in its inaugural year. This marked the first time a freshman program was awarded gold status by The Business Council. Winning platinum honors in their second year show how much momentum the program has gained across the company. 

"We are very proud that we were recognized again for continuing to embed the importance of health and wellness at CDI," said Human Resources Director Maura Tancredi. "Our wellness initiative has not only educated associates on making healthier lifestyle choices but has also raised engagement in terms of bringing associates and teams together." 

The success of the wellness program is due in large part to the scope and diversity of the wellness committee. Comprised of different departments as well as different levels of management and associate positions, Healthy Vibes has approached the wellness goals of the team like a performance goal. Meeting on a monthly basis, Healthy Vibes identifies, creates and executes annual goals revolving around wellness education, motivation, rewards and creating an atmosphere where associates can choose to live a healthier lifestyle both at work and on their personal time. 

The wide range of impactful activities that Healthy Vibes conducted this year included an on-site visit from the American Heart Association, a company-wide "Couch Potato to 5K" challenge, providing healthy snacks to warehouse and drivers on a monthly basis, gym reimbursement, company-wide Fitbit challenges, healthy vending machines and flu shots for associates and family members. Choosing to provide health-conscious meals and snacks at company meetings, along with offering a walking path around the building have also supported the goals of the Healthy Vibes team. 

Healthy Vibes has measured the success of their initiatives by the marked reduction in sick time taken by associates since the 2015 launch of the program. A review of the medical claims shows associates are also taking greater advantage of preventative care services. 

As the Healthy Vibes team celebrates success and well-deserved accolades, they are already looking forward to raising their game in 2018. Plans include a more robust Wellness Fair, which will feature a booth staffed by CDI’s leadership team, showing the commitment of management to wellness goals, and a Healthy Stairwell, decorated with colorful murals by local design students featuring messages of encouragement and fitness information.
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