Committing to a healthier lifestyle is a challenge for anyone.
For employers, convincing employees to commit to wellness, and do it with a smile, is even more challenging.
Luckily for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Shannon Vargesko leads the charge from a place of personal passion. Vargesko, 32, is a former smoker and now uses her own personal journey toward wellness as a source of inspiration for others.
Vargesko developed the organization’s wellness and engagement program, which has revolutionized the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s wellness initiative. Starting in 2012, the program encouraged employees to support their health by giving rewards for activities like health surveys and biometric screenings.
Now, the program has expanded into a three-tier system that is available to all full- and part-time staff. On top of the program’s impact on employees, it has led to reduced health insurance premium renewals for the company.
Vargesko’s contagious positivity has transformed a company that was once low on morale into one supported by uplifting successes and a healthy commitment to the future.
— Mariel Tishma