With a wide portfolio of healthy, iconic products, The Wonderful Company is deeply committed to helping people make better choices, every day. We grow, market, and sell only wholesome, nutritious fruits, nuts and beverages because we believe that what you put into your body matters. By helping nourish consumers with high-quality, naturally grown products, we believe we can harvest a better world.
In 2015, we introduced Wonderful Health & Wellness to address the health needs of our 10,000 San Joaquin Valley employees and their families.
The program was developed to combat the lack of focus on general wellness and basic health care needs, punctuated by serious epidemics of diabetes and obesity that are not only impacting all of America, but are ravaging the Central Valley and, more specifically, our employees and their loved ones. When we launched our program in 2015, two in three adults in Kern County were overweight or obese, and four in ten children were overweight or obese. Among our employees, rates were even higher: 86% of our employees were obese or overweight. Furthermore, 11% of our employees were diabetic, 49% were prediabetic, and 90% would have pre- or full diabetes by their 50s.
The centerpiece of our program is two Wonderful Wellness Centers in Delano and Lost Hills. These clinics are completely free for employees and their dependents, provide free medications dispensed on-site, have fully bilingual staff, and offer a warm and inviting environment, including a special waiting room for children.
Both clinics are staffed with full-time doctors, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, health coaches, mental health professionals, a nutritionist, and a physical therapist. Every patient with a chronic disease is assigned a health coach to help them and their families reach their health goals with guidance and support in the areas of diet, exercise, health education and more.
Wonderful Wellness is a wraparound program, meaning its benefits extend beyond the Wellness Centers and into the workplace and the community. At our Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Citrus plants, supervisors are trained to reinforce health and wellness as part of daily work routines. We have built stretching and walking activities into each shift on the factory floor; free healthy snacks of fruits, nuts and vegetables are available to employees in their break rooms daily; and fully equipped gyms are on-site for all employees to use. Our employee cafes feature affordable, healthy options, as well as a daily fresh produce market so employees can take home high-quality produce at affordable prices. Every employee participates in a sleep health education program, and our GetFIT and safety programs allow employees to earn up to $2,000 a year for losing weight.
Many of our employees live far away from work, making it impractical for their families to use the Wellness Centers. To ensure that these spouses and children have access to high-quality medical care, we launched a mobile clinic to serve residential and remote areas. In addition, we offer exercise activities, fitness challenges, health education programs and cooking classes in local communities. Through Wonderful Wellness, we are deeply committed to inspiring and supporting our employees in adopting healthy habits and a lifestyle of wellness for themselves and their families, while striving to change the paradigm of health care in California's Central Valley.