Gunster law firm, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, moved up in rank since 2012 to win in its category this year at the September 12 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 “Healthiest Employers” awards luncheon.

Gunster wins in its category at the September 12 Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2013 "Healthiest Employers" awards luncheon.

Gunster HR Director Susan Faby (center), accepts the 2013 “Healthiest Employer” award on behalf of Gunster at Thursday’s luncheon in Tampa. (Photo: Allen Talbot/Gunster)

Attending the awards luncheon on behalf of Gunster were Susan Faby, director of Human Resources; Angie Coker, regional office manager; Linda Ladell and Allen Talbot, Gunster’s wellness committee representatives from its Tampa office.

For the 2013 honor, Gunster beat out Ryan LLC, an award-winning global tax services firm headquartered in Dallas. See the Business Journal’s list of all 2013 Healthiest Employers finalists.

Gunster was a finalist last year for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2012 “Healthiest Employer.”

Gunster is proud of its wellness efforts. The firm has won similar contests in other regions throughout Florida, most recently placing first in the 100-499 employees category in South Florida.

Key health initiatives undertaken by the firm include

  • Destination: You — a 12-month walking program that utilizes an activity tracker (‘accelerometer’) worn by each participant. These accelerometers are basically ‘smart’ pedometers that can distinguish among walking, running, stair-climbing, etc., and provide participant’s accounts with appropriate activity credit. Info on the accelerometers is downloaded automatically when participants walk past a reader in the office. Participants can monitor their activity online 24/7. Approximately 50 percent of Gunster employees are participating in the program. This is Gunster’s fourth walking program to date and by far the most successful and easiest to administer.
  • Annual health fairs — Gunster hosts annual health fairs, free of charge to its employees, to help raise health awareness and promote healthy living. Approximately 75 percent of Gunster employees attended our 2013 fairs (one is held at each of Gunster’s offices throughout the state.

Read the Business Journal’s profile of Gunster.

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