In the New Year, many of us make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more and even lose some weight. Here at Marriott, our people have pledged to “Maintain, Don’t Gain.” It’s part of our TakeCare Wellness Program that started last year. The goal is to help our people make healthy choices to improve overall wellness for themselves and their families. We began this initiative with informational sessions called “Choose Health Every Day,” and we kicked off our first TakeCare National Challenge this past September.
Throughout our hotels, we’ve seen new enhancements such as healthier options in our employee cafeterias, wellness newsletters and weight loss challenges. Many of our associates are taking daily Wellness Walks either around the hotel or nearby area, and some of our hotels are hosting team stretches during their brief stand-up meetings.
In 1927, my dad founded this company with a lesson that has endured over the years. “If you take great care of your employees, they’ll take good care of the guests and the guests will return again and again.” Today it seems we are busier than ever, but we can’t forget to take care of ourselves. I make it a priority to walk on the treadmill 5 days a week and I do Pilates whenever I can. I feel it has made me stronger, gives me more energy and makes me better equipped to handle whatever comes my way.
Marriott’s TakeCare Wellness Program is an investment in our best asset – our associates. I am happy to hear stories as I travel to various properties about how this initiative has already impacted the lives of many of our people.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.