• VisitPITTSBURGH Rewarded for Health Initiative

    POSTED May 13, 2015

The Pittsburgh Business Times has released their annual healthiest employers list—and VisitPITTSBURGH made the cut.

"Employee well-being has become the new measure of success. This impact is measured in terms of lower health care costs, increased productivity, better work-life balance and enhanced employee engagement," says Mary Grasha Houpt, vice president, human resources, VisitPITTSBURGH. "A new incentive to spur participation in our wellness program involves money savings. Employees who meet all wellness requirements, including participation in biometric screenings, will earn a discount on their 2015-2016 insurance premiums, which is a great motivation to improve overall health.”

The Healthiest Employers award program gives credit to organizations that successfully implement healthy environments and measure wellness through an online assessment tool with six key categories.

The CVB implemented its wellness initiative—Make it Great in Eight—eight years ago. The program encourages employees and their significant others to obtain health awareness through a health risk assessment, preventive exams and health screening, and helps them strive to be healthy. Employees are rewarded for healthy decisions, which include doctor visits, wellness program participation—such as 10,000 Steps and yoga classes—and other criteria. Sixty-percent of VisitPITTSBURGH’s staff participated in the program.

"There are well-documented business and productivity reasons to support a wellness program in the workplace," says Craig Davis, president and CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH. "But the best reason is because it is the right thing to do for our employees."

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  


After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.


Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.