Last week, a few of us from Commerce Kitchen attended the Denver Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers Luncheon. As nominees for Denver’s Healthiest Employers, we had the opportunity to be amongst a great group of organizations who invest in their employees’ health and wellness. These nominated organizations vary in industry and size, but all have one thing in common: making changes in the workplace and in employee benefits in order to improve the overall health of their people.

While we didn’t take the top prize, we still landed in the Top 10 of our category (Small Companies, 2-99 employees), and for that, we are extremely proud. Our focus isn’t on weight loss or step challenges, but rather physical and mental health. We have yoga and bootcamp classes, but we also have a beer fridge and we order takeout on Fridays. To us, wellness is more than just exercising and eating healthy. It’s about being of sound mind and body in order to be a better team member and, in turn, a better human.

lumosWe partner with Lumos Health and Wellness, a local Denver startup focused on bringing all of the benefits of a wellness program to your office. Amber, founder of Lumos (and pictured to the right, with yours truly), is a great resource to us at Commerce Kitchen. She provides us with daily exercise classes, meal prep, nutritional counseling, and more. Integrating the Lumos program into our employee benefits was a huge reason why we ended up on DBJ’s Top 10 Healthiest Employers list. Before Lumos, Firehouse 13 was an unhealthy place. We didn’t have healthy choices in our communal kitchen, and exercise wasn’t something that most of us did. Although we’re far from perfect, we’re a much healthier company now than we ever have been, and because of that, I feel like we won.