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2014 Healthiest Employers in Arlington County

Keara Mehlert
Keara Mehlert September 18, 2014 Keara Mehlert is a former Property & Development Services Program Director at Arlington Transportation Partners.
ATP TAKEAWAY: Offering alternate transit options for employees promotes a healthier lifestyle as well as improved productivity and satisfaction in the workplace.

Washington Business Journal Logo5 organizations with offices or properties in Arlington are among 50 finalists that will be recognized today at Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare. Special congrats to Van Metre Companies, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, SRA International, Virginia Hospital Center and Accenture!

The finalists and winners that will be announced at the ceremony, were determined based on 6 categories:

  1. 1. Leadership commitment
  2. 2. Communication and markets
  3. 3. Foundational components
  4. 4. Programming and interventions
  5. 5. Strategic planning
  6. 6. Reporting and analysis

Recognizing our Champions

Arlington Transportation Partners Champions LogoHere at Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), we’re excited that 4 out of the 5 finalists from Arlington County are also ATP Champions! Champions aims to recognize businesses and properties in Arlington that have implemented
various transportation programs and amenities to improve the commuting options for employees and residents.

Van Metre Companies, which manages Park Georgetown Apartments (Bronze Level Champion) in Rosslyn, has added transportation amenities and programs such as bike storage and informational materials that not only encourage a healthier lifestyle, but have helped attract and retain new residents at the community.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) is another management company finalist that manages Bennett Park Apartments in Rosslyn. The property became a Gold Level Champion this year and has implemented various programs including bike storage, Capital Bikeshare promotions, transportation events and surveys to better inform the property about residents’ travel preferences.

SRA International’s Ballston location is 1 of 5 Platinum Level Champions and has shown a strong commitment to promoting healthy commuting options and reducing the environmental impact among employees. Through benefits and programs such as Capital Bikeshare memberships, the IRS Bike Benefit, transit benefit subsidy and a formal telework program, SRA International has been able to retain quality employees while improving productivity and satisfaction in the office.

Virginia Hospital Center, a Gold Level Champion, might sound like an obvious choice for a healthy employer award; however, with several thousand employees, the hospital has taken a proactive approach to improving commuting options and encouraging alternative modes of transportation. Hospital employees are able to ride the ART 51 and 52 bus routes for free, serving those who travel from the Ballston Metro area. There are also secured bike racks, showers and locker facilities for employees to use free of charge. The hospital regularly promotes events such as Walk at Lunch Day and Bike to Work Day, and also hosts employee transportation fairs throughout the year.

Why transportation options matter to your company

Transportation and how we move around is an integral part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re walking 3 blocks to the Metro Station or biking 8 miles home from the office. Companies are recognizing this connection by implementing more robust commuting benefits, transportation programs and building amenities. Through these programs and other wellness initiatives, companies see reduced rates of absenteeism, employees are less stressed and more productive and satisfied during the workday.

Is your company or property looking to promote health and wellness initiatives? Contact ATP (email or call 703.247.2417) to learn more about how our free services and programs can lead to a healthier and happier community, while also earning recognition as a Champion.

Tags: Champions, Commute, Employer, Health, Transit


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