Draper Inc. Employee Gets Trip of a Lifetime for Wellness Efforts

Over the past few years, employers have begun taking a larger role in the health and well-being of their employees. Many are finding it benefits not only morale, but the bottom line as well when workers are happy and healthy — and more productive. While many are experimenting with rewards programs and weight loss initiatives, Draper Inc. in Spiceland has raised the bar by giving one employee a trip to Hawaii for her efforts.

Draper's blog tells the story of Nancy Vickery, one of the company's nearly 160 employees who met the walking requirements — and her number was drawn to head to America's 50th — and some would argue most beautiful — state. Following the contest, 115 Draper employees were surveyed and reported the following results from their contest:

  • A combined weight loss of 526 pounds
  • Eight of them are no longer taking medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
  • One of them no longer uses a sleep machine

Both the Indiana Chamber and the Wellness Council of Indiana offer kudos to Draper Inc. for this initiative. If you think your business could benefit from joining the Wellness Council, just reach out to its executive director, Chuck Gillespie, at [email protected]  .

Lincoln Financial Gets to Steppin’

Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne is taking part in the company’s national Shape Up Lincoln challenge, a compeition among its branches to help get its employees in shape through walking.

Based on the number of steps, the company as a whole had walked an estimated 197,361 miles as of June 1. The Fort Wayne branch is currently 10th overall with 151,658 steps.

The top five teams that walk the most average steps between May 17 and August 8 will be registered to win prizes for the first 12-week period of competition. The company recognizes the Top 10 teams who walk the most average steps for each two-week round of competition in its company newsletter.

Steps are recorded and tallied online at www.shapeuplfg.com. If you have questions about Lincoln Financial’s program, contact the company at [email protected].