By: Alissa Gulin
Come January, accounting firm Ellin & Tucker will stop footing the bill for its employees’ junk food cravings. The company isn’t getting greedy — it’s getting smart, according to managing director Edwin Brake.
Instead of the usual office-kitchen staples — pizza, doughnuts, bagels — the Baltimore firm will start supplying healthy options like salads, lean proteins and fruit.
More employers across the state are unveiling new health and wellness initiatives, or expanding existing ones, in an effort to fight back against rising health care costs while maximizing the benefits of a healthier, fitter workforce.
“We’ve absolutely been seeing more interest, especially with the Affordable Care Act influencing medical expenses,” said Maria Yanson, the corporate and medical director for the Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center. “Companies are looking to put in more effort than we’ve ever seen before, and we’ve been doing [corporate wellness] for about 10 years.”
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