Healthy employees

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM

The Grand Haven company is of one of several companies that registered dietician Erica Phelps visits periodically to teach employees about topics ranging from lowering blood sugar and better cholesterol to preparing healthier food.

Phelps said some companies have her come in regularly, while others have her visit once or twice a year. The topics for the classes depend on what the companies want her focus on, she said.

"I think all people want to be well," Phelps said. "They just don’t understand it well.”

RAMI, an antenna manufacturer, also offers other healthy activities for their employees.

Pam Stevens, the company’s finance manager and a member of its wellness committee, said their efforts began in 2009 with the American Heart Association’s annual Start to Walk. That's when they began to offer employees the option to take a 30-minute lunch to walk.

The company added walking challenges and other fitness courses that appealed to workers.

“The goal was to help employees get healthier,” said Jillane Payne, RAMI’s vice president and owner.

In 2011, the company began its first Five Points to Wellness program, in which employees earn points by participating in activities. They receive a cash incentive when they receive five points in one year.

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