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How these 18 North Bay companies are trying to improve employee health

North Bay's healthiest companies of 2019

BPM (8 time winner)

Calistoga Hot Springs (1st time winner)

Exchange Bank (8 time winner)

Ghilotti Bros. (8 time winner)

Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma (8 time winner)

Nova Group (1st time winner)

Pacific Union College (1st time winner)

Parkpoint Health Clubs - Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Healdsburg (4 time winner)

Petaluma Health Care District (6 time winner)

Petaluma Health Center (7 time winner)

Redwood Credit Union (3 time winner)

Redwood Empire Schools Insurance Group (7 time winner)

Silver Oak Cellars (2 time winner)

SOMO Village (1st time winner)

Sonoma County YMCA (1st time winner)

St. Joseph Health (1st time winner)

Sutter Solano County Medical Center (1st time winner)

W. Bradley Electric (9 time winner)

Workrite Ergonomics (6 time winner)

You come to work and your Monday mid-morning routine is thankfully broken up by a 20-minute yoga session in the conference room. Or at the end of the day, there's a class at your local gym, the cost of which is footed each month by your employer.

These are among some of the policies and practices put into place by area businesses. They are among the healthiest company honorees for 2019, selected after completing a Business Journal survey describing what they do to help their employees reach their healthy lifestyle goals.

BPM

Employees at BPM engage with each other, are more engaged with their work and careers, and create an esprit de corp culture in the workplace. Additionally, we have seen the biometric areas remain in a healthy range or decrease in indicators year over year.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

CALISTOGA HOT SPRINGS

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Offers healthy food choices in vending machines

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Offers employees subsidized gym memberships Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Calistoga Hot Springs housekeeping team members take part in a morning stretch. (Courtesy Photo)
Calistoga Hot Springs housekeeping team members take part in a morning stretch. (Courtesy Photo)
We recognize the rising cost in health care and workers compensation unduly effect the overall performance of a business. Taking care of our employees and providing Health Fitness and emotional activities helps promote a work environment that supports staff….

Some of its healthiest practices are:

EXCHANGE BANK

Promotes individual or group activities, like yoga

Free employee access to fitness center and training staff

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Exchange Bank employees (Courtesy Photo)
Exchange Bank employees (Courtesy Photo)
Collectively, our new wellness events, combined with our tried and true wellness activities, have helped us control rising insurance premiums, reduce time away from work, and demonstrate our commitment to the health and well-being of our employees.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

GHILOTTI BROS. INC.

Offers flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Offers fitness trackers or other devices to employees

A number of employees at San Rafael-based general engineering contractor Ghilotti Bros. meet after hours for hikes and other athletic activities.
A number of employees at San Rafael-based general engineering contractor Ghilotti Bros. meet after hours for hikes and other athletic activities.
We provide our employees fruit...we also have posters and text messages encouraging them to eat fruits and vegetables as well as to continue to make healthy choices.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

KAISER PERMANENTE MARIN-SONOMA

Onsite health programs, such as walking groups

Healthy food choices in vending machines

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Our Live Well Be Well program continues to grow both in terms of the number of employees participating and the types of services we offer, from Body Blast classes to Mindfulness drop-in groups to wellness massages.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

NOVA GROUP

Have a policy to limit “unhealthy” food at meetings, parties

Healthy food choices in vending machines

Evaluate managers on wellness goals of the organization

Offers employees subsidized gym memberships

Nova believes that the health and well-being of our employees is critical to the health of our broader business. By helping our employees stay healthy, we have an opportunity to maximize employee productivity and control rising benefit costs.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Subsidizes membership to gym or other fitness programs

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Employees spend a large fraction of their day at work. As part of its mission, PUC believes in a healthy lifestyle that enables employees to live their best, fulfilling lives, and have the energy to go and serve others in their personal lives and at work.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

PARKPOINT HEALTH CLUBS - SANTA ROSA, SONOMA, HEALDSBURG

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Healthy food choices in vending machines

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Parkpoint Health Clubs employees work out. (Courtesy Photo)
Parkpoint Health Clubs employees work out. (Courtesy Photo)
As a result of helping them get healthy, our employees are more engaged, motivated and positive in their interactions with each other and our members.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

PETALUMA HEALTH CARE DISTRICT

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

North Bay's healthiest companies of 2019

BPM (8 time winner)

Calistoga Hot Springs (1st time winner)

Exchange Bank (8 time winner)

Ghilotti Bros. (8 time winner)

Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma (8 time winner)

Nova Group (1st time winner)

Pacific Union College (1st time winner)

Parkpoint Health Clubs - Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Healdsburg (4 time winner)

Petaluma Health Care District (6 time winner)

Petaluma Health Center (7 time winner)

Redwood Credit Union (3 time winner)

Redwood Empire Schools Insurance Group (7 time winner)

Silver Oak Cellars (2 time winner)

SOMO Village (1st time winner)

Sonoma County YMCA (1st time winner)

St. Joseph Health (1st time winner)

Sutter Solano County Medical Center (1st time winner)

W. Bradley Electric (9 time winner)

Workrite Ergonomics (6 time winner)

Onsite health promotion programs, such as walking groups

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

Offers fitness trackers or other devices to help employees

Petaluma Health Care District Employees learn the basics of tai-chi movements. (Courtesy Photo)
Petaluma Health Care District Employees learn the basics of tai-chi movements. (Courtesy Photo)
Our vision to create a healthier community may begin with modeling healthy food and activity choices in our workplace, but our broader goal is to create a community of resilience.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

REDWOOD CREDIT UNION

Have a policy to limit “unhealthy” food at meetings, parties

Evaluate managers on wellness goals of the organization

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Healthy food choices in the vending machines

Redwood Credit Union employees on the Tour de Fox. (Courtesy Photo)
Redwood Credit Union employees on the Tour de Fox. (Courtesy Photo)
We feel that wellness plays a key role in helping our employees create work/life balance, fosters teamwork and comradery with coworkers, enables employees to become healthy role models for their family and friends, and live more productive lives.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

REDWOOD EMPIRE SCHOOLS' INSURANCE GROUP (RESIG)

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Offers onsite programs, such as walking groups or lunchtime speakers

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Healthy food choices in the vending machines

RESIG team-building event in December 2019 (courtesy photo)
RESIG team-building event in December 2019 (courtesy photo)
RESIG strives to provide a healthy culture for our organization and to promote it to our member districts by setting the example. Show, don't tell. It's important that our employees consider it part of our culture and not an afterthought.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

SILVER OAK CELLARS

Evaluates managers on wellness goals of the organization

Have a policy to limit “unhealthy” food at meetings, parties

Company wellness committee or lead employee on health

We do many healthy messages including importance of drinking water, reducing sugar, information on breast cancer, mental health resources, onsite gyms, group challenges, and wellness fairs.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

SOMO VILLAGE

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Healthy food choices in vending machines

Holds onsite health promotion programs, such as lunchtime speakers

Provides opportunities for physical activity or promotes exercise messages

SOMO employees on a bike ride (Larry Rosa Photography)
SOMO employees on a bike ride (Larry Rosa Photography)
We believe that healthy employees are happy and productive employees and we want to provide the tools and resources to allow employees easy access to these things.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

SONOMA COUNTY FAMILY YMCA

Provides healthy eating messages and/or community resources information

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Offers onsite health promotion programs, such as walking groups

Getting exercise at the YMCA. (Courtesy photo)
Getting exercise at the YMCA. (Courtesy photo)
We know our staff are our greatest asset and that the Y is only as strong and healthy as its workforce, that is why promoting healthy living is at the core of our mission and focus.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

ST. JOSEPH HEALTH

Has a written policy supporting employee physical activity

Healthy food choices in vending machines

Has a wellness committee or lead employee to oversee the wellness efforts

Allows flex time schedules so employees can exercise

Every employee is dealing with different health challenges or practicing various health habits at different times of their life, so we respect that by offering a variety of options to meet our employees where they are at and to plant seeds.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

SUTTER SOLANO COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

Has a written policy supporting employee physical activity

Offers fitness trackers or other devices to help employees

Healthy food choices in vending machines

Promotes individual or group physical activity, such as walking

Employees enjoy healthful food in Sutter Solano County Medical Center's cafeteria. (Courtesy Photo)
Employees enjoy healthful food in Sutter Solano County Medical Center's cafeteria. (Courtesy Photo)
Our results vary teammate to teammate based on our diverse journeys, but overall we see happier, healthier, engaged and empowered teammates working towards living a healthy and happy life.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

W. BRADLEY ELECTRIC

Has a wellness committee or lead employee to oversee the wellness efforts

Subsidizes membership to gym or other fitness programs

Promotes individual or group physical activity, such as walking

Offers healthy food choices in vending machines

W. Bradley Electric employees at the company workout area. (Courtesy photo)
W. Bradley Electric employees at the company workout area. (Courtesy photo)
Workplace wellness makes happier employees. By incorporating physical fitness we create bonding and is catchy from one employee to another. Healthier employees are more productive.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

WORKRITE ERGONOMICS

Promotes individual or group physical activity, such as walking

Subsidizes membership to gym or other fitness programs

Has a policy to limit “unhealthy” food at meetings, parties

Promotes walking or biking to/from work

Workrite employee colors as part of stress relief. (Courtesy photo)
Workrite employee colors as part of stress relief. (Courtesy photo)
Our workplace wellness is an important representation of who we are. It is embedded in our culture guided by our company values. Through our program employees have more resources, tools and encouragement tailored to their meet personal goals.

Some of its healthiest practices are:

Offer fitness trackers or other devices to help employees

Offers healthy food choices in vending machines

Has a policy to limit “unhealthy” food at meetings, parties

Subsidizes memberships to offsite gyms or other fitness programs

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