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Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk Named a Healthy Workplace by The Business Council of Fairfield County
Norwalk, Connecticut; February 15, 2017 – Farm fresh food grocer Stew Leonard’s was yesterday named in Platinum category for the Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program by The Business Council of Fairfield County. The Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program was established to highlight the efforts of employers who understand the competitive advantage of a healthy workforce and who have implemented a diverse range of programs to promote a healthy workplace and assist their employees to live healthier lives.
As a family owned and operated retailer since 1969, Stew Leonard’s has made it part of their business model to take good care of their “family” of more than 2,500 Team Members. In addition to offering in-store health screenings, coaching, and physical referrals at the hands of an on-site registered nurse, Stew’s Team Members also recently completed a company-wide Fitbit challenge and participate in recreational on-site classes and outdoor activities such as Yoga, Zumba, and rock climbing. Stew Leonard’s also offers coaching/weight loss programs, flu vaccinations, and even a mammogram unit that visits the store yearly.
“While many people recognize Stew Leonard’s for our ten consecutive years on Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Companies to Work For list, we’ve also made it our mission to become one of the healthiest places to work too,” said president and CEO Stew Leonard Jr. “When our healthcare initiative started six years ago, only 21% of employees were up to date with their physicals; today, 85% are! My family is so inspired by our Team Members’ commitment to health and well-being.”
This year, 47 companies were honored by four categories of distinction – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Innovation – awarded on the basis of program components and outcomes. In addition to Stew Leonard’s, those also being recognized in the Platinum category include Aquarion Water Company (Bridgeport); Bigelow Tea (Fairfield); Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Ridgefield); Cartus Corporation (Danbury); Citrin Cooperman (Norwalk); Crius Energy Management LLC (Norwalk); Daymon Worldwide, Inc. (Stamford); EBP Supply Solutions (Milford); Eversource Energy (Berlin, CT); Fisher Brothers Management Co. (New York, NY); Harman International Industries (Stamford); Mercuria Energy Trading, Inc. (Greenwich); Neopost USA (Milford); Nestlé Waters North America (Stamford); Norwalk Community College (Norwalk); People’s United Bank (Bridgeport); Pitney Bowes Inc. (Stamford); Tauck Inc. (Wilton); University of Hartford (West Hartford); USA Hauling & Recycling Inc. (Enfield); Yale University (New Haven); and Yale New Haven Health System.
About Stew Leonard’s
Stew Leonard’s, a family-owned and operated fresh food store founded in 1969, has five stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and in Farmingdale and Yonkers, N.Y. A sixth store will open in East Meadow, N.Y. in mid-2017. Stew’s earned its nickname, the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store that keep children entertained while parents shop. Stew Leonard’s legion of loyal shoppers is largely due to the stores’ passionate approach to customer service: “Rule #1 — The Customer is Always Right”; Rule #2 – If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1.” This principle is so essential to the foundation of the company that it is etched in a three-ton granite rock at each store’s entrance. The company’s culture is built around an acronym for S.T.E.W.: Satisfy the customer; Teamwork gets it done; Excellence makes it better; WOW makes it fun. For more information, visit Stew Leonard’s website at www.stewleonards.com.
About The Business Council of Fairfield County
Over the past decade, The Business Council of Fairfield County has emerged as a nationally respected and influential regional network of business leaders, committed to strengthening the economic vitality of our region and the performance of its member firms through research-based public policy initiatives, information services and network building programs. It was formed in 1970 by the merger of three existing organizations, the oldest of which had been founded in 1890. Today, The Business Council of Fairfield County is a private, not-for profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of senior executives and served by a professional staff. It has more than 200 corporate and non-profit institution members.
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