Elevator, Escalator Company is Stepping Up to Corporate Fitness
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 9, 2010 — KONE Inc, one of the leading companies in the elevator and escalator industry, has partnered with WalkingSpree to provide the activity tracking portion of their innovative corporate wellness program called Elevate Your Health. The program focuses on making employees aware of their own health risks, taking responsibility for their health, and increasing their activity levels.
KONE pays millions in employee medical expenses each year, and these costs continue to increase. There is a direct correlation between poor health and long-term health care costs. We believe that our focus on wellness will help us control these expenses. I am encouraged by the participation, enthusiasm and positive morale generated by Elevate Your Health and WalkingSpree.
~ Vance Tang, KONE Executive Vice President & Area Director – Americas.
KONE launched their Elevate Your Health in January for non-union U.S. employees. Additional KONE employees in Mexico and Canada requested participation in the WalkingSpree portion as Elevate Your Health expands. The program will be offered to more participants next year.
“The wellness of our employees is most important because we care about their happiness and the well-being of their families. A healthy employee tends to be more engaged with our business and customers and can return home with energy and enthusiasm at the end of the day. From a financial perspective, KONE pays millions in employee medical expenses each year, and these costs continue to increase. There is a direct correlation between poor health and long-term health care costs. We believe that our focus on wellness will help us control these expenses. I am encouraged by the participation, enthusiasm and positive morale generated by Elevate Your Health and WalkingSpree,” says Vance Tang, KONE Executive Vice President & Area Director – Americas.
David Fortosis, Director of Employee Services at KONE, designed the Elevate Your Health wellness program and selected WalkingSpree as their partner company for the activity tracking. He commented, “We are making measurable, positive progress towards a healthier KONE. Employees are improving their health and losing weight. More than 50% of U.S. employees have registered their WalkingSpree pedometer and posted at least 100,000 steps so far. WalkingSpree has delivered a KONE-customized website, state-of-the art computer connected pedometer that uploads data automatically, activity tracking, challenge tools, and targeted messaging to motivate and engage our employees. Their flexibility allowed us to select the features we wanted for our population; we will be adding more next year. Our folks have enthusiastically created their own walking clubs for friendly competition and ribbing between business units.”
WalkingSpree also delivers regular, targeted messages to engage employees such as congratulatory emails for reaching targets and reminder emails to encourage commitment. These personalized ‘intelli-messages’ provide tips for activity and healthy eating, and highlight individual achievements. Fitness facts, tips to encourage exercise in daily routines, and individual progress towards goals are also included. Nutrition messages include tips and recipes, as well as promotion for the food tracker and body tracker features of the website.
Hiran Perera, WalkingSpree CEO, said “KONE has embarked on a visionary long-term wellness program with health screenings, activity tracking and health costs data analytics. WalkingSpree is proud to be a partner of this comprehensive program which will measure the cost savings on health care claims and absenteeism.” He also commented, “We encourage and support the KONE employees who are tracking their activity as part of Elevate Your Health. KONE step targets are being achieved and exceeded, and the competition is growing to win the significant rewards provided by KONE. Rewards based on regional participation with minimum standards to win prizes that includes paid vacations to free healthcare are very motivational to KONE employees. These people are having a lot of fun using WalkingSpree while lowering their health risks and establishing healthier habits.”
WalkingSpree is revolutionizing corporate wellness through an activity-monitoring program that is fun and personalized, motivating and engaging participants over a long period. WalkingSpree provides custom wellness programs for corporate clients and large health insurers as well as small business clients and the general public. Each corporate client receives a co-branded and customized solution, developed through collaboration on group and individual incentives, activity targets and challenges as well as messaging to maintain commitments and achieve client-specific goals. The advanced technology of an USB-uploadable pedometer and excellent customer support make the programs very user-friendly. WalkingSpree’s robust website features physical activity tracking, personalized messaging, nutrition, friendly competition and supportive social networking. The results are high participation, long-term engagement and desirable participant health improvements. WalkingSpree programs are setup to provide positive return on investment, and can pay for themselves as self-funded wellness solutions under HIPAA regulations.
For more information, please contact:
Hiran Perera, CEO for WalkingSpree. Tel +210 767 2436
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company’s objective is to offer the best People Flow experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2009, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.7 billion and approximately 34,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland. Founded in 1910, KONE celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2010.
For further information, please contact:
Kellie Lindquist, Manager, Marketing for KONE Inc., tel. +630 955 4202