VisitPittsburgh Recognized as One of Pittsburgh's Healthiest Employers

August 20, 2013 11:42 AM | Diane Scheuring

PITTSBURGH  VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the "Healthiest Employers of 2013." The award was given by Healthiest Employers, a privately-held technology and data research company.

"There are well-documented business and productivity reasons to support a wellness program in the workplace," says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. "But the best reason is because it is the right thing to do for our employees."

2013 is the sixth year of VisitPittsburgh's wellness initiative, coined "Fit for Six." Wellness and employee well-being is a year-round commitment at VisitPittsburgh. The Fit for Six initiative encourages employees to strive to be healthy and active, as well as rewards employees for healthy decision making, including visiting doctors for preventive exams and participating in wellness programs such as "10,000 Steps" and personal nutrition coaching.

"Employee well-being has become the new measure of success. This impact is measured in terms of lower health care costs, increased productivity, better work-life balance and enhanced employee engagement," says Mary Grasha Houpt, VisitPittsburgh's vice president of human resources. Sixty percent of the staff at VisitPittsburgh participated in the 2012-2013 programs.

The Healthiest Employers award program honors organizations that are successful in creating healthy environments in the workplace and measures wellness in the workplace through an online assessment tool with six key categories.

This is the third consecutive year VisitPittsburgh has won this award.

VisitPittsburgh is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. It is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.