Ocean State Job Lot partners up to bring wellness to 131 stores

Healthiest Employees: 2,000-4,999 Employees | #5. Ocean State Job Lot
CEO (or equivalent): Marc Perlman
Number of employees: 2,305

Ocean State Job Lot in North Kingstown, a discount retailer, employs people in many locations at 131 stores from New Jersey through New England, including 15 in Rhode Island.

The company’s Choose Well program spreads information and helps with fitness by partnering with existing groups. OSJL co-sponsors the Rhode Island PurpleStride Pancreatic Cancer Action Network walk. Hundreds of its employees have participated.

American Cancer Society has been a guest presenter to talk about how to quit smoking, while OSJL offers a discount on health insurance for nonsmokers.

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In a partnership with StayFit, OSJL has held four-week fitness challenges at is stores, with strong participation. Real Appeal, a virtual weight-loss program, opened in spring 2017, achieving an average weight loss of 4.3 percent by 89 participants. This past spring Choose Well added a new diabetes-prevention program, Vida Health, for eligible workers and their families.

A healthy thought:
‘From day one we wanted the wellness program to be available and useful to all.’
Sarah Perlman, Human resources generalist, Ocean State Job Lot