A Blue Shield employee makes a healthy vending machine selection. The El Dorado Hills office received the new machine Friday, Dec. 10.Courtesy photo

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Blue Shield gives employees healthy options

By December 14, 2010

A Blue Shield employee makes a healthy vending machine selection. The El Dorado Hills office received the new machine Friday, Dec. 10. Courtesy photo

On Friday not-for-profit health plan Blue Shield of California unveiled its newest addition to the El Dorado Hills facility — a healthy vending machine.

The vending machine “2bu” is part of Blue Shield’s wellness efforts and will contain locally grown and sustainable items, including dried mangos, dried roasted Edamame and more. The LCD screen on the machine provides nutritional information about each product for the health-conscious worker. The new vending machine is a reflection of some of the choices consumers are making to stay healthy.

Building a healthy culture at Blue Shield is part of the company’s innovative, award-winning employee wellness program “Wellvolution,” that takes a new approach to wellness; the company meets employees where they are and gives them the tools to get where they want to be.

Other employee wellness activities include free on-site biometric screenings, health coaches to help set goals, and a variety of wellness programs — classes on weight management, smoking cessation, nutrition and emotional well-being. In the customer service departments, Blue Shield’s also experimenting with “walk stations,” which allow employees to call customers while walking on a treadmill, sneaking exercise into their workday.

Blue Shield has recently earned three awards for promoting a healthier workplace — platinum recognition from the American Heart Association as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company; Worksite Fitness Innovation Award, also from the heart association; and the California Fit Business Award (gold level) from the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness for creating a workplace environment that supports healthy choices.

Special to Village Life

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