Corporate wellness is alive and well in Lee’s Summit

September 18, 2013 

On Sept. 7, the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club held its Third Annual Heart of the Summit 5K/10K in downtown Lee’s Summit. Each year we ask local corporations to sponsor the event as well as put a team together to run or walk in the event. This corporate sponsorship is crucial to the success of the event that allows us to donate proceeds from the event to local non-profit organizations.

For three consecutive years, Plastics Enterprises has not only sponsored the event, but has also engaged many of their employees and family members to participate as a team. Two of the three years, Plastics has taken home the trophy for the largest team. This year they had over 50 participants on their corporate team. I asked Debbie Dourty, training/staffing manager of Plastics and organizer for this event why this activity is important to her organization.

“We have a three-fold interest in supporting activities such as the Heart of the Summit,” she said. “One is encouraging our employees to become more engaged in their health and wellness for their personal benefit and the benefits the company reaps from healthier employees. A second reason is we believe group activities, such as Heart of the Summit, that take place outside the regular work environment, promote teamwork and esprit de corps in our workforce. A third important reason is our company is committed to sustainability and therefore we believe our company will only be as strong as its surrounding community.”

Debbie also said this event is part of their corporate wellness program.

“Our company promotes various health & wellness events throughout the year to encourage healthy lifestyles. Examples include annual tobacco cessation challenges, weight-loss challenges, exercise challenges, training from our Medical insurance provider, ready support from our Employee Assistance Program, and on site health and wellness screening events through our medical insurance provider. We also offer various rewards and incentives to encourage employees to engage in healthier lifestyle changes and activities.

“We applaud our employee’s efforts to support their local community and desire to live healthier lifestyles.” 

Plastic Enterprises as a corporation really gets it. They understand the importance of corporate wellness and community involvement.

On behalf of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club and the non-profit organizations that benefit from this event, we thank you, Plastics Enterprises, and all of the other sponsors that participated and helped make the event successful.

Judy Schmoeger, a longtime resident of Lee’s Summit, is owner and general manager of Anytime Fitness.

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