K & M leading the way in employee health
Story by Activate Allen County
K & M Tire in Delphos is setting the bar for creating an environment of health and well-being for their employees. K & M has grown since it was founded by Ken Langhals in 1970 as a two-bay gas station. Today, the company employs over 500 employees at 20 locations across the the United States.
In October 2015 K & M Tire opened their employee fitness center to rave reviews. The new facility has state-of-the-art strength & cardio vascular equipment that is available 24-hours a day for employees. Whether someone likes to be active before work, during lunch or afterwork, employees have the option to be active on their own schedule. However, the emphasis on employee health is not limited to the new fitness center.
K & M ’s medical plan provides a comprehensive guide to improving health with resources for employees on how to improve their overall well being. Employees on the plan have the opportunity to participate in the Virgin Pulse Pedometer initiative that rewards them for being active.
In addition, the plan also has a Live Your Best Life Incentive Program encompassing a wide variety of activities from wellness checkups to smoking cessation programs and much more.
K & M’s investments are starting to pay dividends for employees in earnest. For one long time employee, Jeff Thatcher, the additional support and resources have been a big help. As a new parent, it has made it much easier for him to find time for daily physical activity.
Jeff explained, “The fact that K & M has made the fitness center available 24 hours a day has had the greatest impact on my overall health, because it allows me to fit my workout in on my schedule and alleviates any stress caused by scheduling conflicts.”
Jeff dedicates part of his lunch break to his fitness routine and stays after work for additional time on the treadmill. However, Jeff is far from the only one that makes the most of the opportunities.
On April 30, a group of seven K & M employees completed the Capital City ½ Marathon in Columbus. Finally, the first K & M Tire 5K Superhero Race was held on May 14, encouraging employees, family members and the community to be active and have fun at their inaugural race.
It is easy to see that K&M is leading the way. From the addition of the new fitness center, the health improvement insurance plan, and their first 5K, they are committed to empowering their employees to achieve their health and well-being goals
About Activate Allen County
Activate Allen County is a public health initiative committed to reducing obesity and smoking in Lima and Allen County by promoting healthy eating, active living and a tobacco free lifestyle. Activate Allen County educates people about the relationship between policy, environment and community design to their health and well-being. Find out more at www.activateallencounty.com.