The Colorado Springs Business Journal will recognize the city’s healthiest CEO, as well as businesses that encourage a healthy workforce, at a downtown gathering Sept. 25 at the Gold Room.

The 6035 Lifestyle-Healthiest Employer Health Expo will start at 10 a.m. and be followed by the awards luncheon at noon.

Last month, CSBJ asked for nominations from companies that encourage a healthy workforce. The Journal received dozens of responses, and the award winners for healthiest companies and healthiest CEO will be announced at the luncheon.

CEO nominees include Halle Friedman of Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics, Margaret Sabin of Penrose St. Francis Health Services, Randy Price of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group, Jim Laffoon of Security Service Federal Credit Union, Davin T. Neubacher of Navakai and Lynette Crow-Iverson of Conspire!

Shahera Shalabi nominated AspenPointe and said this about her organization:

“This voluntary program strives to create a culture of wellness at AspenPointe and encourage employees to focus on their health and well-being … the Wellness Works Committee … meets monthly to evaluate program effectiveness and suggest changes to maintain interest.

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“The goal of the committee is to create low-maintenance, user-friendly programs that meet the health and wellness needs and aspirations of employees.”

At Navakai, the company collects the number of steps employees take, the duration of exercise and body fat percentage monthly.

Also, all of Navakai’s 14 employees participate.

Conspire! has its own personal trainer on staff with free access for all employees. Conspire! also brings in a yoga instructor every Wednesday at no charge. Conspire! CEO Crow-Iverson is a yoga instructor, and Director of Operations Sandy Wenger coordinates quarterly program themes.

Conspire! also offers predispositional DNA testing and bio-identical hormone therapy.

Becki Schneider of the Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group nominated her CEO, Randy Price, as the healthiest CEO.

Price initiated the wellness program and actively participates in the company’s diet and fitness activities. He has authorized company payment for wellness services through Colorado Springs Health Partners and sponsors prizes for the wellness challenge.

The restaurant group partners with CSHP to develop and expand the company’s wellness program.

At Compassion International, employees can earn four days off a year by accumulating points through their participation in nutrition, movement, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges.

Other nominees included Academy School District 20, elope, Ent Federal Credit Union, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee. n CSBJ