The Produce Box is proud to team up with companies, universities and organizations across North Carolina that incorporate healthy eating in their workplace wellness programs. That’s why we were so excited to see the Triangle Business Journal’s 2018 Healthiest Employers Awards, in which many of the companies we partner with received praise for their initiatives to promote the health of their employees.

These companies operate in different sectors and disciplines, but no matter the industry, they are putting in work to ensure the well-being of their teams. The diversity of their industries goes to show that any company can adopt programs like these to create a wellness-first workplace environment.

Here’s a series of mini profiles on the partners featured in the Healthiest Employers Awards — including some details about their programs and our relationship with them:

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies USA

Morrisville, NC

The Produce Box first teamed up with pharmaceutical manufacturer Fujifilm Diosynth back in April 2016. As part of their commitment, FDBU covers employees’ membership fees, subsidizes a portion of every order and provides a convenient location for office delivery.

These benefits are so enticing that 275 FDBU employees are onboard with a Produce Box membership. And they’re already seeing results —  a survey of FDBU members found that nearly 70% are eating healthier since joining The Produce Box. What’s more, the same number said they eat more at home with their family.

According to FDBU Director of HR Leigh Fultz, employees who order The Produce Box appreciate the option of having fresh and healthy foods delivered weekly.

“The Produce Box allows employees the opportunity to choose healthy foods from our local farmers,” Fultz says. “The reality is that not every employee has that chance to take advantage of all the great healthy options FDBU offers. Having the Produce Box available allows employees to take charge of their nutrition, which makes up about 80% of the challenge already!”

Benefits like these have accorded FDBU a #2 rank in TBJ’s Healthiest Employers Awards list. The company also made it to the 2018 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America list.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Durham, NC

Health insurance provider Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a dedicated, longtime partner of The Produce Box. Over the years, BCBS has continuously incorporated The Produce Box membership into employee wellness incentives.

BCBS also promotes The Produce Box in their company newsletter, at health fairs and other company events. Many employees have taken advantage of convenient delivery to the office.

“As a North Carolina company, we enjoy working with The Produce Box because it not only helps support farmers, but it’s also an easy way for our employees to receive fresh, local produce,” says BCBS Wellness Coordinator Megan McCurdy. “We strive to make the healthy choice the easy choice for our employees, and with the flexibility of adjusting your order each week and the convenience of at work or at home delivery The Produce Box has helped us do just that.”

The company offers a whole host of wellness benefits including onsite clinics and a gym, massage therapy, nutritional counseling. The Produce Box is happy to be a feature of this wellness package, providing onsite drop-offs at BCBS offices.

BCBS received notice for its wellness programs with a #4 ranking in Triangle Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers Awards. Like Fujifilm Diosynth, BCBS also landed a spot on 2018 Healthiest Workplaces in America.

LORD Corporation

Cary, NC

The Produce Box recently joined efforts with LORD Corporation’s wellness committee. This partnership involves a lunch-n-learn program presenting tips on Heart Healthy Nutrition, Eating Healthy and Local on Busy Schedule, among other topics.

Our lunch-n-learn series is a free service we offer to companies.

With active wellness programs, free health screenings, telemedicine and expansive medical coverage, LORD Corporation’s health benefits were well-received in this year’s Healthiest Employers Awards.

The company told Triangle Business Journal that the program’s goal is to “educate, support and encourage employees and their families to make healthy medical, emotional, nutritional and physical lifestyle choices.”

Workplace Options

Raleigh, NC

Consulting firm Workplace Options has linked with The Produce Box as a partner for more than two years, attending health fairs, offering on-site deliveries and lunch-n-learn programs for employees.

Lauren Lisko, Workplace Options’ internal wellness manager, says that the company strongly believes in the impact healthy eating can have on mental and physical well-being, energy levels and productivity.

“Workplace Options enjoys promoting the services of local companies whose values of health and wellbeing align with our own,” Lisko says. “The Produce Box offers a convenient, high-quality service that connects people to fresh whole food items, which we feel can greatly improve the lifestyles of our employees, and anyone else who uses this service.”

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Employer partnerships like these help boost our ability to bring the benefits of healthy eating to the workplace. Through our flexible workplace wellness program, we get to work together with every type of business — no matter how small or large — to meet the needs of the company, its employees and their families.

If you would like to join the nearly 100 companies in North Carolina that have partnered with The Produce Box on workplace wellness and learn more about how we can work with you, contact Jerilyn Paolino at jerilyn.paolino@theproducebox.com.

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