More than 150 employees in 10 HIA-LI member companies have participated in a nine-week designed to raise awareness about healthier living choices within the local business community.
“A healthy workforce is a more satisfied and more productive workforce. But too many companies are unable to provide information and education about healthy lifestyles to their employees and they pay the price in absenteeism and lower productivity,” said HIA-LI president Terri Alessi-Miceli in a statement.
HIA-LI was formerly known as the Hauppauge Industrial Association.
Armando D'Accordo, president of CMIT solutions, was one of the program's award winners for expanding upon the Wellness Challenge to include his family in making healthier lifestyle changes.
“When I told my wife about the program we were running at work, she said ‘Let’s do it at home too!’ The change in my family was dramatic," D'Accordo said in a statement.
The program asked participants to commit to one new activity each week, such as drinking more water or writing a journal, and maintaining that activity when adding one more each week of the challenge.
The HIA-LI plans to begin the next round of the Wellness Challenge for its members on Sept. 5. New companies are welcome to join the program.