Kapolei Workplaces Helping Employees Live Longer

Controversial at work: Who gets the desk closest to the window?

Not controversial at work: People are happier when they’re healthier, and better at their jobs, too.

Everyone agrees about this, but not all employers do anything about it—or even know how.

The Blue Zones Project Kapolei/ʻEwa, a multi-year effort to improve the health of this community, is working with employers to take steps to make workplaces healthier places to be.

What does that mean? It means building upon existing employee wellness programs to optimize the work environment so that healthy choices are easy to make, even at work. Some examples include: providing more opportunities to be active, access to better food choices, and more ways to build relationships between colleagues.

Five west side workplaces are now certified as Blue Zones approved:

  1. Four Seasons Resort Oʻahu at Ko Olina
  2. Seagull Schools (ʻEwa, Kapolei, and Ko Olina locations)
  3. University of Phoenix Kapolei Campus

The Four Seasons is the first workplace with more than 500 employees to achieve this designation. In the Blue Zones workplace assessment transformation, they received 86 total points, well above the 78-point target for certification approval.

Better yet, recent surveys showed that the resort’s employee retention, customer satisfaction and employee engagement metrics all improved since starting the Blue Zones Project Transformation Process.

Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala Rehabilitation Center is the next workplace working to achieve the Blue Zones standard. They kicked off their transformation process last week with new employees benefits like:

On-site exercise: MIXXEDFIT with Serena
Better snacking options: An apple bar
Soda alternatives: Ice water flavored with fresh fruit

Kāhi Mōhala plans to incorporate healthier options in the on-site cafeteria, establish walking groups, and determine Blue Zones Parking stalls to ensure employees are nudged to make healthy choices.

To find out about getting your workplace involved, request more info at https://hawaii.bluezonesproject.com/organization/signup-start. Someone will contact you right away.