[email protected] started in a small office located by people who wanted to make big changes. It is a co-op program between 20+ healthy partners in DuPage County. The vendors collaborate and bring mini, interactive health-fairs to employers of all sizes but most specifically to companies with 50+ employees. In addition, they offer lunch-time workshops on a variety of health topics to employers of all size.
With many corporate wellness funds being reduced or cut entirely, [email protected] currently provides these
services at no cost to the employer. The program is designed to allow employers of all sizes to supplement their wellness programs. The health fairs are smaller than a typical health fair or health expo, and sometimes only feature 6-10 vendor partners at a time. This makes the environment more personable and the vendor can then focus on building a relationship and bringing health-focused and fun education to each passerby. The mini interactive health fairs often offer free smoothies, free massages, free aura readings, free product samples and much more.
Founder Julie Bonn Blank explains that sometimes employers don’t have a wellness program, even though there are expectations from upper management and employees to create one. “In this case we come alongside as a partner,” Bonn Blank says. “For a few organizations, we are their one and only wellness program and hold several health fairs a year, as well as monthly [email protected] programs. The response has been tremendous and the events have a higher-than-usual participation rate from employees. We can even work with the employer on a point system and help them come up with incentives for employees to take advantage of what is being offered.”
“It makes sense to run an effective safety and health program because your people deserve it, your customers demand it, and your business practices and future will not be there without it.” – Dan Fergus, Genesee Stampings