Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Press Release

Ghafari Named One of America’s Healthiest Companies by Interactive Health

Global engineering / architectural firm recognized for encouraging employee wellness through innovative health program.

Dearborn, MI – Ghafari Associates has been recognized as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health. 

A leading provider of personalized wellness solutions, Interactive Health created an innovative program, which Ghafari adopted in 2015, to engage and support employees in making behavioral changes toward living healthier lifestyles. By offering health evaluations that proactively detect risk, Interactive Health can immediately intervene and engage at-risk participants with a personalized course of action.

Under this program, Ghafari employees first obtain accurate accounts of their existing health status through a health evaluation and risk assessment. Based on these results, they are then provided with a personal health score and goals for improvement. To help employees achieve their goals, the program offers a number of resources, including access to personalized health coaching, monthly health webinars, on-site lunch and learns, and a full-service website for logging meals and physical activity. Since Ghafari first partnered with Interactive Health, participants have improved overall blood pressure numbers by 72% and cholesterol by 73%. The program also allows employees to pay lower medical contributions when they participate in an on-site health assessment.

“We are excited to be recognized as one of the healthiest companies in America. This distinction reflects our dedication to employee health. It is a top priority of ours, and an important part of our culture,” says Ghafari President and CEO Kouhaila Hammer. 

In line with its commitment to employee wellness, Ghafari has on-site fitness facilities at its major offices and offers gym membership reimbursement for employees at its smaller office locations. Healthy snack options and filtered water are available to all employees, in addition to flexible working hours. The firm also champions a variety of causes and initiatives that positively impact local communities while promoting employee wellness, including sponsored races for disease cures / prevention and recreational sports teams.

“This award reflects our dedication to providing a healthy workplace for our employees. All of these programs contribute to the health-focused culture of Ghafari. I love hearing the stories of how our programs have helped people avoid more serious health events. It’s rewarding to see the changes taking place,” says Hammer.