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Conditioned Air Systems offers employees health incentives to stay fit
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Conditioned Air Systems Inc. employees, from left, Baya Magnus Pruitt, Teresa Woods and Brooke Kalinauskas hold the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Most Fit Medium Company Award. - photo by Kristen Oliver

Conditioned Air Systems

Where: 2410 Hilton Way, Gainesville, 30501

Phone: 770-536-7509

Website: www.conditionedairsystems.com/

Many health insurance companies offer incentives to keep their clients healthier. Conditioned Air Systems Inc. in Gainesville has taken this idea to another level.

“Our guys are in the field, a lot of them doing very hard, labor-intensive work,” said Baya Magnus Pruitt, vice president of internal operations. “The better shape they’re in, the longer they can be with us. Our goal is to have our employees be long-term.”

Conditioned Air Systems was recently named the Most Fit Company in the medium-size category by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the chamber’s annual HealthSmart breakfast.

According to Brooke Kalinauskas, vice president of public relations and community development, Conditioned Air Systems has an on-site fitness facility and a trainers come several times a week. The heating and air company’s 75 employees are encouraged to take advantage, and those who do are rewarded with weekly massages from local masseuse Annamaria Bowman.

“The gym has been here five to six years,” Pruitt said. “Tracy (Welk), the trainer, has been coming those six years, and we just started the massages in the last six months.”

Conditioned Air Systems also recently hosted its own health fair with free screenings for employees, according to the chamber. Employees use the Vitality Health Program by Humana that offers discounts on health insurance for those participating in wellness activities. Kalinauskas said a 10 percent discount can be earned through Humana, which the company passes back to its employees.

Pruitt and Kalinauskas said they also challenge employees to stay fit by having company sponsored fitness challenges.

“We’ve done a ‘Biggest Loser’ contest before,” Pruitt said. “We did that a couple years ago. I was pregnant at the time, so I did the weigh-ins for people on Mondays. They ended up offering $2,500 to the winner.”

Pruitt said the competition has been held again since, and the two employees who tied for first won paid-for trips. Kalinauskas said they hope to do it again soon.

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce presented the 2016 Most Fit Company Awards at the HealthSmart Breakfast today at the Gainesville Civic Center. As part of the VISION 2030 HealthSmart community challenge, the Greater Hall Chamber conducts an annual survey to seek the “Most Fit Companies” in Hall County.

The goal is to encourage employer sponsored wellness programs in an effort to improve the overall health of our community. The Most Fit Company award is presented in three categories: large companies (251 or more-plus employees), medium companies (51-250 employees) and small companies (50 or less employees).

Conditioned Air Systems is located at 2410 Hilton Way SW in Gainesville with numerous branches in North Georgia providing HVAC services. For more, visit www.conditionedairsystems.com.

Pruitt said the company’s fitness incentives have been rewarding for both its employees and the company itself.

“You have to find a way to motivate people to want to be healthier,” she said. “And I think we have.”

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