New wellness firm helps employees stay fit
Stacy M. Brown | 7/21/2017, 6 a.m.
BALTIMORE For Jeremy Sherron, the creation of his Everest Wellness Corporation began with just a simple vision.
“As I worked throughout the years with Fortune 500 companies, I saw a need for something to be done to provide wellness not just to large businesses but to design wellness programs for those mid-sized, mid-tiered organizations because those who worked there and management deserved the same amount of wellness as the bigger companies,” said Sherron, a New York-native, who majored in health care management at New York University.
A year ago after moving to Silver Spring, Maryland, Sherron started Everest Wellness Corporation, which he says is dedicated to increasing access to innovative and dynamic wellness programming.
The company focuses on non-profits, community organizations, and small, medium and large sized businesses, which allows them to create customized and high-quality wellness offerings along with top-level customer service.
“Through seamless implementation of our wellness programs, we aim to create personal connections with the members of every organization in order to highlight the value of living a healthy life,” Sherron said.
Results are achieved in various forms, including: a wellness campaign management course; fitness challenges and classes; biometric screenings; workshops; wellness coaching; and personal health assessments.
Sherron says the company also hosts health conferences and fairs and health insurance advisory services are offered.
“I’ve always loved working with people and interacting with people,” said Sherron, a married father of a three-year-old and one-year-old. “For years, I’ve had a passion for fitness because I’ve been an athlete who has played basketball and ran track and have kept myself in shape, I’ve seen the value of it and I know that others do as well.”
For businesses and organizations, there is a proven positive financial, cultural and emotional effect of implementing successful wellness programs, according to Sherron.
In a recent analysis of the costs and savings associated with wellness programs, researchers from Harvard University found that medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs and absenteeism costs fall by nearly $2.73 for every dollar spent.
Sherron says the goal is for every company his firm works with to achieve similar results. He noted that more than 55 percent of workers have identified a workplace wellness program as an instrument in improving their overall well being.
Nationwide, workplace wellness programs equate to $250 million in savings in lowered health costs and a 50 percent reduction in high blood pressure among employees, he said, referring to health statistics. Further, companies that have implemented a wellness program have experienced a 28 percent reduction in employees calling in sick.
“I like to encourage people because I think they sometimes need encouragement on their job and most employers want to get the maximum out of their employees,” Sherron said.
“It used to be a thing where it was never mind how an employee feels emotionally or physically, just get the work done. Now, they are moving away from that and realizing that it will be cost effective and save them money in the long run to have a wellness program,” he said. “And, that’s where we come in, and we enjoy helping companies and their employees reach their goal. At the end of the day, it’s nice to see that big smile.”