Nusenda Credit Union’s five-year investment in an employee wellness program produced outstanding results—at the gym, and now on the awards mantle.
Albuquerque Business First recently honored the $1.5 billion asset credit union in Albuquerque as one of the “Healthiest Employers” in New Mexico among medium-sized organizations.
Nusenda is one of a growing number of credit unions that offer employee wellness programs, according to CUNA’s 2014-2015 Staff Benefits Report. Roughly 15% of credit unions with $5 million or more in assets offer these programs, up from 13% in 2012.
Wellness programs are more common at larger credit unions. Among credit unions with $200 million or more in assets, at least 40% sponsor wellness programs. That figure rises to 81% among credit unions with $1 billion in assets or more.
Nusenda’s wellness program includes biometric screening, individual coaching sessions, health education lessons, and an online portal that allows staff to track cardio and nutrition progress. The credit union offers free onsite gym privileges, discounts to local gyms, and medical premium discounts for employees who participate in the wellness program.
In 2014, the credit union tracked a decrease among its employees in all risk factors of diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, cardiovascular issues, and obesity.
“It’s inspiring to see the transformation of so many lives,” says Michelle Dearholt, Nusenda’s senior vice president of human resources, training, and quality management.