VisitPITTSBURGH Recognized as One of Pittsburgh’s Healthiest Employers

PITTSBURGH – VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of Pittsburgh's 2015 Healthiest Employers. The award was given by Healthiest Employers, a privately-held technology and data research company.

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

"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."

2015 marks the eighth year of VisitPITTSBURGH's wellness initiative, coined Make it Great in Eight. Wellness and employee well-being is a year-round commitment for the organization. The Make it Great in Eight initiative encourages employees and their spouses/domestic partners to gain health awareness through health risk assessment, preventive exams and health screening and to strive to be healthy and active. Make it Great in Eight rewards employees for healthy decision making, including doctor visits for preventative exams and participating in wellness programs such as 10,000 Steps, yoga classes, and on-site biometric screening and flu vaccination clinic.

"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. "A new incentive to spur participation in our wellness program involves money savings. Employees who meet all wellness requirements, including participation in biometric screenings, will earn a discount on their 2015-2016 insurance premiums, which is a great motivation to improve overall health," said Ms. Grasha Houpt.

Sixty-seven percent of the staff at VisitPITTSBURGH participated in the Make it Great in Eight program.

The awards program will be held June 4 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. This is the fifth year VisitPITTSBURGH has won this award.

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