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This week on A Healthier Charlotte: workplace health and corporate wellness

Posted on 16 Apr 2012 by Bobby DeMuro

This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we are taking a look at something that affects so many of us every day.

Healthy workplaces, good corporate wellness habits, and positive culture surrounding health at the office are critical — since so many of you might be spending as much as half your life at work!

This week on the show, we look at just what it means to have a healthy workplace — from national, innovative startup companies like Google, to local smaller businesses that face different workplace health issues.

Meet our (big!) panel this week…

Part One:
Amy Crane
Operations Director, Childress Klein YMCA

Melinda Desmarais
Senior Program Director, Dowd YMCA

Julie Jackman
Working Toward Wellness Coordinator, Mecklenburg County Health Department

Part Two:
Jon Davis (@elements2lead)
Founder, Elements 2 Lead

Adam Howell (@ahow)
Creative Director, The Business Journals

Tara Raj (@fedeviva)
Founder, Green Element Wellness

What about you?
What does your company do to promote workplace health? What do you wish they did to improve employee health and morale? Should companies place more of a priority on health and wellness for their workers?


  1. Avatar of Bobby DeMuro
    Bobby DeMuro 16 Apr 2012 at 8:58 PM

    And, can’t forget Kelly Davis with the mid-show segment! Great job as always, Kelly.

  2. Ryan 18 Apr 2012 at 11:04 PM

    My company does NOTHING for corporate wellness (besides of course, health insurance). but no BMI, no gym memberships, no incentivization, I feel like we are so behind the curve in this. We’re a small business and definitely not bank-size in CLT, but I can’t help but think we could do a LITTLE bit more…

    • Tara Raj 24 Aug 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Ryan, I would love to know who you work for and schedule a meeting to talk with them about implementing a wellness program.

  3. Kalvin 19 Apr 2012 at 3:22 PM

    this is such a big issue that i’m surprised more people aren’t talking about. you know, May is Global Employee Health and fitness month!

  4. Neil M.. 19 Apr 2012 at 9:55 PM

    nap areas? I want to work for Google! Way too progressive for any companies here in Charlotte to be doing…

  5. Lewis 20 Apr 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Great show, this is a really important topic that biz needs to focus more on, and let’s be honest — workers need to take it more seriously and prioritize their health more, to — especially in this culture and in this society where work trumps all.

  6. warren 21 Apr 2012 at 2:19 AM

    what about the costs for small businesses though, i mean, i know it’s obviously something good for them and i know it evens out in the long run, but what does your average small business do in the short run with costs if it can’t afford the straight up investment to even see the return? Lotta SMBs are much more cash poor than BofA…

  7. Dusty 23 Apr 2012 at 9:20 AM

    my work involves a whole lot of outdoor work — construction, etc — so i kind of get a different perspective on this; corp wellness for me means good insurance plans, good rehabilitation and workers comp, and maybe the occasional work-sponsored massage and rest day ;) — interesting to hear about folks who predominantly sit at the office though, definately not something I’m used to in my job!

  8. leya semione 25 Apr 2012 at 10:43 AM

    its funny to think about corporate wellness because as a young person entering work force and stuff, it’s not really front of mind for me right now. i know it will be one day, though. it’s important to talk about! thank you for focusing on it!

  9. Kathy Dowd 8 Jun 2012 at 10:28 AM

    In Charlotte, you should definitely have Ranjit Deora to come and do Laughter Yoga at your workplace. He does a great job and it’s a good time. It also helps productivity on the workforce. Check him out here —