Challenging His Employees
Scott Witt and employees of Steller Group pump up the bottom line by staying in shape. [Photo: Kelly LaDuke]
Senior vice president/CFO, construction services company Stellar Group
Workout: Power Challenge, an intensive 12-week fitness and wellness program encompassing strength and cardiovascular training as well as nutrition. The program includes sessions with a personal trainer, nutrition overview, weekly e-mailed fitness and nutrition tips, personalized strength, cardiovascular and nutrition programs and pre- and post-Power Challenge health screenings. Witt, 45, works out four days a week with a personal trainer and two days alone. The program has what’s called a 3-4-5 for Life Maintenance Program, a customized long-term plan that includes three days of strength training, four days of cardiovascular exercise and five days of healthy eating each week.
Result: Witt was 185 pounds and had 18% body fat when he started. By the end of the program, he weighed 167 pounds and had 7.5% body fat.
Corporate Benefit: Gabe Pearson, a Jacksonville-based fitness guru for 30 years, created the program. It’s based on the premise that healthy employees are more productive and have lower healthcare costs, translating into lower corporate healthcare costs. Witt first introduced the program to Stellar Group, his firm, this spring. Stellar has had three groups of 20 employees participate in the challenge. Stellar pays employee costs, the $2,500 Power Challenge fee plus the gym membership. “It all starts with the CEO that understands how important your health is,” says Pearson. “After that it’s really a no-brainer.”