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Vitabot Online Nutrition Redefines Corporate Wellness
Date:2/4/2010

mployees were encouraged to get up from their desks several times a day and take walks around the block to keep active. "I find that stepping away from your work for a brief exercise break several times a day helps you refocus your mind so that you tend to work on the important things."

The demand in the corporate world for real solutions to improve employee wellness caused the company to rapidly outgrow the basement office. As facilities expanded, the culture of fitness grew as well. The regular walks continued, but the company also added mid-day exercise classes, exercise equipment, and a employee kitchen that produces some remarkably healthy foods. Along with regular "power walks", employees are encouraged to take a 30 minute mid-day workout break, either on their own, or as participants in daily, one o'clock fitness classes. "My productivity would be half of what it is, if it weren't for the workouts", Dason Atkins, an employee who has lost 50 lbs. since working at Vitabot, said. "I feel better and more energized after the classes. Not to mention, it gives me time to connect with the team."

Of course, all employees have access to the Vitabot's technology as well, a web-based nutrition tracking and journaling program, which compliments their fitness regimen. "While exercise is important, what your employees eat largely defines their health, mental drive, and attitude", said Graves. "We've created a culture that encourages healthy eating. Unlike most offices, instead of cookies and chips, our kitchen is stocked with wheat germ and flax seed. Believe it or not, healthful foods actually taste better than junk food... unfortunately, most people just haven't learned how to cook." To encourage the spread of techniques for healthy eating, the company has "Thankful Thursday" every week, where everyone brings in a healthful dish, and they have an employee potluck. It's grea
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