Tower Federal Credit Union Provides Employees Day of Free Health Screenings, Relaxation and Giveaways
[Laurel, MD]—When financial professionals hear the phrase, "know your numbers," it typically means keeping on top of an organization's economic standing. However, keeping track of health screening numbers are also important to know. Tower Federal Credit Union realizes it can be difficult for people with busy schedules to set aside time to get checked out. Taking a proactive approach, Tower brought health screenings, wellness services, diet and exercise tips, and more to employees during its seventh annual Employee Health Fair on September 10, 2013 at its Laurel, Md. headquarters.
"It's really nice to have the health screenings available conveniently in the workplace. With so much going on in our busy lives, it's easy to put off scheduling annual physicals," said Karen Gouldmann, a Senior Business Development Representative at Tower who attended her first employee health fair. "I especially appreciate the educational materials on various health topics and the opportunity to consult privately with a medical professional if we need to."
Approximately 90 employees participated in free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, waist circumference, and body composition. Over 140 received free flu vaccinations. Employees had the opportunity to review screening results with a registered nurse. Additional services offered at the event included a complimentary five-minute hand massage from a local spa and skin analysis to detect sun damage. A representative from the American Cancer Society® was also on hand to discuss cancer risk and prevention.
Dr. Paul Kennedy, wellness director for Leisure Fitness, a local fitness equipment retailer, discussed simple exercises that employees can perform at their workstations. He also provided a demonstration of the latest fitness equipment like portable dumbbells and a desk treadmill in Tower's on-site fitness facility. Employees attending the fair enjoyed free organic snacks and entered a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle® E-reader.
The annual health fair and fitness facility are just two components of Tower's award-winning "Wealth of Wellness" program, designed to promote and reward healthy lifestyles. Tower employees earn Healthy Rewards "points" by attending fitness classes and health fairs, getting annual doctor's check-ups, participating in preventative health screenings, and more. To make exercise convenient for employees, Tower offers an on-site gym facility and cardio, yoga and strength training classes.
Tower's employee wellness program has received numerous awards, including an Innovation in Wellness Award from the Howard County Health Department. Tower has also received recognition by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the Baltimore area's healthiest employers.