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Updated: September 21, 2020

Wellness programs racking up company’s healthcare savings


1st Place | Category: 100 to 2,500 Employees

Brightview Senior Living

CT Locations: Shelton, Norwalk

Industry: Senior independent/assisted living

Top Executive: CEO Marilynn Duker

Brightview Senior Living, which has housing communities across the Northeast, including in Shelton and Norwalk, says it saved $12 million in healthcare costs over the last five years because of its slate of employee wellness programs that encourage exercise and healthy eating.

“We focus on preventive care, managing chronic conditions, and teaching folks how to be wise consumers of health care,” said Senior Vice President Andrea Griesmar. “Our philosophy is clear, unwavering, and transparent.”

The senior living provider offers workers a Healthy Living Reward up to $200 a year for exercise and weight management programs, and provides nutrition and lifestyle coaching, unlimited financial coaching, meditation classes and grief counseling, among other services that promote overall well-being.

As some workers began to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company doubled down on its wellness approach, creating a weekly well-being newsletter for staff to participate in games and contests, and virtual guided meditation. Prior to the pandemic, it also held a charity walk this year that raised more than $100,000 for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease,

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