NBTY Garners Healthcare Hero Award

Company wins Healthy and Fit Workplace Award for wellness initiatives
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NBTY, Inc., and its subsidiaries—a leading global manufacturer and distributor of high-quality vitamins and nutritional supplements—has been awarded the Healthy and Fit Workplace Award in honor of the array of wellness initiatives it has in place for its associates. The company was formally recognized at a ceremony on November 7.

The Healthy and Fit Workplace Award is given to a Long Island-based organization “for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace, and encouraging employees and families to pursue wellness and maintain healthy lifestyles, and by offering opportunities such as physical activity and/or challenges, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation help, preventive care education, stress management and volunteerism.”

In its submission, NBTY provided information about a wide variety of wellness initiatives, some of them more traditional, such as medical insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, free flu shots, flexible working arrangements, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and personal days). The company also offers an array of more contemporary things, such as free exercise classes, on-site fitness centers, birthdays off, company-paid participation in certain 5K and other races, discounts on vitamins and supplements, free turkeys and fruit baskets, weight loss programs, and an associate website full of health and wellness research, articles, recipes, and tips.

“We are thrilled to be a recognized as a leader for our healthy workplace initiatives. NBTY is an organization whose business is dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives, and we are equally as committed to providing opportunities for health and wellness to our workforce,” said Karla Packer, senior vice president of human resources. “It is in our best interest as an employer to offer a robust selection of wellness programs to associates; it helps to keep them happy and healthy, but it also keeps us all aligned behind our corporate mission of being a great global wellness company. Our wellness initiatives assist us in attracting great talent, but they also demonstrate to our customers around the world that we believe in what we’re selling. We are a company that does not just sell wellness; we live it.” 

The Healthcare Heroes Awards are organized by the Long Island Business News.