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Employees climb mountains to improve their health

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Employees of Lincoln Industries will climb any mountain to improve their health.

Seventy-four employees of the Lincoln, Neb.-based, steel-finishing firm climbed a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado as part of the firm’s wellness program.

The company bused the employees to Colorado and paid for their time, meals, backpacks and water.

The climb is part of the firm’s six-year-old “Go Platinum” program, in which employees submit to quarterly physicals to measure their body fat, blood pressure and flexibility. Based on the results, each employee is designated as bronze, silver, gold or platinum. Platinum employees may participate in the climb, and 75% of them eventually do.

Employees who smoke must quit or at least participate in a tobacco-cessation program to become eligible for the program, Tonya Vyhlidal, director of wellness and life enhancement, said.

The self-insured company pays an average of $5,000 per employee, per year for health care, so the wellness program has “a huge impact on our bottom line,” said Andy Timm, people relations manager.

Lincoln Industries employs 530 people, including 18 in HR.

Contact: Andy Timm, people relations manager, at (402) 475-3671.

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