At R.I. Zoological Society, they’re wild about wellness

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019
2-149 EMPLOYEES #2: Rhode Island Zoological Society

CEO (or equivalent): Jeremy Goodman, executive director
Number of employees: 68

THE RHODE ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, which runs Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, is responsible for the health and well-being of more than 150 species of animals. And it doesn’t want to forget the human beings charged with caring for these creatures.

Diane Nahabedian, director of marketing and public relations for the zoo, said that taking care of exotic animals can be very rewarding, but zoo employees must ensure that animals stay healthy all year long, which can be stressful.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo holds a wellness fair each year for its employees, which includes nutritional information, massage chairs, organic health care products, a biometric clinic and a flu shot clinic. Feedback from employees has been overwhelmingly positive.

The zoo is also incorporating healthy activities into some of its fundraising activities, such as Yoga with Elephants with both employees and the public invited to participate in a yoga class next to the elephant habitat.

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