Coastal1 Credit Union gets its gym back into shape

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2023
100-499 Employees 1. Coastal1 Credit Union
CEO (or equivalent): Brian A. Azar, CEO and president
Number of employees: 289

COASTAL1 CREDIT UNION’S 20-year-old in-house gym is back in shape, helping employees boost health and wellness with $80,000 in cutting-edge fitness equipment.

‘The pathway to health is sometimes simple encouragement and teamwork.’
ANNE BERNIER, senior vice president of human resources

About half of the company’s workforce attended the gym’s December grand reopening at the credit union’s Pawtucket headquarters. Employees explored the expanded space, watched Matrix representatives demonstrate how their new machines work and learned from a local partner gym how to use resistance bands for 15-minute workouts during breaks.

A highlight of Coastal1’s wellness program last year, the $110,154 renovation has renewed interest in the gym, with hours accommodating employees at the 18 – soon to be 19 – branches in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

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“We’ve had a lot of usage, especially with the ellipticals,” said Heather Thurber, Coastal1’s vice president of human resources.

Employees also welcome cardio equipment such as treadmills, a rowing machine, free weights and weight machines.