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Verizon’s "Coach Mark" Gets Things Moving at the White House

by Employee Emeritus ‎06-07-2011 09:51 AM - edited ‎06-07-2011 09:53 AM

Wellness CenterAlan Gardner, Verizon’s Vice President for Human Resources, and Mark Monteyne, Verizon’s Head Coach literally got things moving at the White House last week.


As part of Verizon’s membership in a coalition called “Business Forward”, Alan and Mark had the opportunity to take part in an event to highlight the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.


“Let’s Move” seeks to end the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.  It is focused on reaching children directly and through their parents, which is a key component of Verizon’s wellness. We believe the healthy culture we’ve created and nurtured within Verizon’s workforce has an enormous influence on the children, families and the communities we serve.


Consider this:


Our nearly 200,000 employees have 200,000+ dependent children. Add in spouses, and the influence sphere is a half million people.


So while it starts in the workplace, we know that this “health” knowledge is power and powerful.  The more employees know about and engage in healthy living, the better decisions they’ll make for themselves and their entire families – as role models and caregivers.


Mark – who started Verizon’s health and wellness program with 1 treadmill and 1 stepper 20 years ago – said he never dreamed that we would grow into a network of 43 state-of-the-art Fitness Centers, 90 Coaches and a whole culture that encourages and embraces healthy living.


His energy and excitement about fitness were contagious and it wasn’t long before he had the group on their feet and moving!


Our programs have earned us recognition in Health and Working Mothers magazines, and from disease and wellness councils around the country. But the real payoff is in the level of engagement and health awareness we’re seeing throughout our employee ranks.



"Let's Move"Shown here at the event are (from left to right) Alan Gardner, Sam Kass – White House Chef and Policy Advisor, Mark Monteyne and Marissa Mitrovich – Director of Government Affairs for Verizon.


Start the conversation... Let us know what you and your family do to stay healthy and active by commenting below.

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