Stephanie Schwenn Sebring

Consumers Credit Union Receives Two Prestigious Wellness Awards


October 10, 2012

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Consumers Credit Union has been selected as a 2012 Best & Brightest™ Wellness Champion and one of Michigan’s Healthiest Employers. The Best & Brightest™ Wellness Champions is an initiative that recognizes and celebrates excellence in work site health promotion with only 35 Michigan companies receiving the award. The program highlights companies that encourage a culture of wellness, and those that plan, implement, and evaluate efforts in employee wellness promotion.

The Michigan’s Healthiest Employers award, separate from Best & Brightest, is equally prestigious and recognizes organizations committed to creating a healthy workplace. The award, from Crain’s Detroit Business in partnership with MiBiz and Priority Health, distinguishes companies throughout Michigan whose policies, programs, and culture create healthy employees and workplaces. Wellness is measured in six key categories:

  1. Culture and Leadership Commitment
  2. Foundational Components
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Communication and Marketing
  5. Programming and Interventions
  6. Reporting and Analysis

Consumers unveiled its first formal wellness program to employees earlier this year. The program emphasizes education and provides one-on-one coaching to each employee to help determine appropriate wellness goals. Additionally, the credit union subsidizes gym memberships for employees; provides fruit and healthy snacks in break rooms weekly; and, offers outstanding health insurance benefits. 

“At Consumers, wellness isn’t just about eating right or exercising to lose weight. It’s about creating a balanced lifestyle and making good decisions for long-term well-being,” says Shawn Premer, Vice President of Human Resources.  The approach has proven successful for both employees and credit union. 

Shawn Premer, VP Human Resources

“We experienced a 75% employee participation rate in all facets of our program,” says Premer. “This is astounding considering that participation is voluntary and employees are not financially incented.”

Consumers has also seen significant improvement (nearly a 20% reduction) in health insurance claims losses.  While it cannot attribute all of the decrease to its wellness program, the credit union believes that the Wellness Program has had significant impact.

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