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The healthiest companies to work for in America

For employees at these 46 companies, going to the office is hardly the daily grind. From software companies to food service businesses, these workplaces are making the 9-to-5 a happier, healthier place every day.That means providing workers with benefits such as on-site fitness classes, child care centers, healthy subsidized meals, and fun perks like regular happy hours, company retreats, and open, light-filled office spaces. 

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Each company is listed according to rank, although each size category is a separate division (meaning that #1 in the "huge companies" field is not comparable with the #1 entry in "tiny companies"). While each of the companies described below (and many others that didn't make this list) have exemplary health benefits, we looked for businesses with perks that go truly above and beyond what's expected. Read on to find out which companies made the cut (and check out last year's list, too). 

Huge Companies (20,000+ employees)

1. General Electric
Headquarters: Fairfield, CT. Employees: 305,000 (worldwide)

General Electric

 Photo: General Electric

The people at GE are all about tapping into that inner imagination to make the world work better. So it's little surprise they’re working to tackle the global health problem with their Healthymagination campaign, designed to increase quality, access, and affordability of health care. GE employees live and breathe their mission with killer health benefits, maternity and paternity leave, onsite gyms at most locations, and HealthAhead — a wellness site with resources and tools to get and stay healthy. They’re also encouraged to commit to making a small, health-related choice (such as standing more) every day through the company’s “Small Changes” program. Wellness doesn’t stop at the gym or the DASH-diet-approved catered events; GE also holds seminars on mindfulness and achieving balance. — NM

2. Google
Headquarters: Mountain View, CA. Employees: 44,777

Google

 Photo: Google

Google employees have a lot to smile about. Boasting an in-office slide, Ping-Pong tables, and scooters to make it to meetings on time, Google HQconsiders play a top priority. The super popular tech company makes healthy eating a cinch with visible nutrition labels and a cafeteria designed with behavioral economics in mind, putting healthier choices at the forefront and keeping portion sizes in check. Though Google admits its employees had a serious M&M addiction, the company took action by storing the candy in opaque containers and displaying healthier snacks, such as pistachios, in glass jars. And for any and all aches and pains, Google’s got an onsite physical therapist and chiropractor. — NM

3. Accenture
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 275,000 (worldwide)

Accenture

 Photo: Accenture

Accenture knows how to get its employees moving, eating well, and stress free, thanks to health initiatives that include incentives and rewards to reach or succeed 10,000 steps a day and online health coaching programs for nutrition, stress, and exercise. For the employees who want to relive college intramurals, Accenture offers clubs including basketball, volleyball, football, and badminton. The high-tech consulting company treats expecting parents to a new parents’ toolkit, a nursing mother’s program, subsidized childcare, and even a $50 breast pump subsidy. Talk about benefits for the whole family. — NM

4. Mayo Clinic
Headquarters: Rochester, MN. Employees: 61,125

Mayo Clinic

 Photo: Mayo Clinic

Because teamwork makes the dream work, Mayo Clinic celebrates achievements with recognition funds for employee milestones and group efforts. To keep those noggins sharp, the company offers instructor-led and online classes for professional growth and education. Mayo Clinic’s LiveWell program helps employees find tools and resources to make healthy choices, and if you’ve got a question, the “Ask Mayo Clinic 24/7” medical resource line has got the answer. The company also boasts a Healthy Living Center, the goal of which is to provide an inclusive wellness program for all employees. Achieving work-life balance at Mayo Clinic is trouble-free with flexible hours, maternity and paternity leave, and funeral leave. — NM

5. Cisco Systems
Headquarters: San Jose, CA. Employees: 37,200 

Cisco

 Photo: Cisco

This multinational corporation hooks up its work-from-home employees with state of the art equipment for their home office (nearly half of Cisco’s employees telecommute full time). To stay up on their game, 80 percent of employees participate in professional development and education programs. For on-site employees, Cisco’s LifeConnections health center has it all — a fitness center, primary care doctors, physical therapy, and even acupuncture. Thanks to flexible hours plus an onsite childcare center, Cisco was named one of Working Mother’s 100 best companies to work for. — NM

6. Nike
Headquarters: Beaverton, OR. Employees: 48,000

Nike

 Photo: Nike

This fitness-focused company doesn’t stop its commitment to wellness at the onsite fitness center. Nike allots time for fitness during the workday at its many courts and studios — basketball, racquetball, squash, track, tennis courts, a swimming pool, weight rooms, a 34-foot climbing wall, and a Tour de France “simulator”. Nike encourages balance in the form of R and R, with three weeks’ vacation time every year. And we can’t fail to mention the employee discount on Nike products. — NM

7. Microsoft
Headquarters: Redmond, WA. Employees: 99, 139 (worldwide).

Microsoft

 Photo: Microsoft

With a bike shop, mini day spa, dry cleaning, and sports fields for pickup soccer, basketball, or cricket, the Microsoft campus has everything in reach — and don’t forget the 37 espresso stands for a quick jolt. Microsoft offers free health screenings and flu shots and even has an onsite pharmacy to take the hassle out of prescription refills. They  also have a team of doctors who make house calls, just like in the good ol’ days. The beast of a software company knows the importance of giving back: Microsoft donates $17 to an nonprofit or charitable organization for every hour volunteered by its employees. — NM

8. General Mills
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN. Employees: 41,000 (worldwide)

General Mills

 Photo: General Mills

With a heavily subsidized salad bar and junk-less vending machines, the men and women at General Mills know the importance of eating their Wheaties. To help employees fit in an end-of-the-week workout, the food giant holds Fitness Friday events including lunchtime kickball, snowshoeing, basketball, dodge ball, and cross-country skiing. Smoking cessation programs, healthy cooking classes, and Weight Watchers meetings are just a few of the many wellness related perks. Work-life balance is key at General Mills, with flexible schedules and work-from-home days encouraged. — NM

9. Wegmans
Headquarters: Rochester, NY. Employees: 44,000

Wegmans

 Photo: Wegmans

From organic, fresh vegetables to sustainably raised meat, Wegmans’ commitment to healthy living doesn’t end at the checkout line. The company’s Eat Well, Live Well website provides employees with healthy eating challenges, health tips, and links to videos offering advice on everything from snacking to transitioning to a gluten free diet. The website also provides fitness resources for employees, from trail routes to yoga videos. Employees can take advantage of excellent health care and dental plans, paid time off, adoption assistance programs, and on-site professional development and computer-based training. — MD

10. Kaiser Permanente
Headquarters: Oakland, CA. Employees: 186,000

Kaiser Permanente

 Photo: Kaiser Permanente

As one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, employees’ health is a big deal for Kaiser Permanente. A focal point of their employee wellness campaign is encouraging healthy decisions; whether it’s incentivizing walking, providing healthy food options in vending machines, or organizing meditation and yoga sessions, Kaiser Permanente's programs make healthy lifestyles easy. Plus, they love to give back to the community — from sponsoring bike share programs, to helping rebuild after natural disasters. Employees are also encouraged to participate in the Healthy Workforce Take and Give campaign, an initiative in which employees complete a health assessment and in turn are provided with $50 in compensation and a personalized wellness consultation. Now that’s a great deal! — MD

For a full list of the 46 healthiest companies to work for in America, go to Greatist.com. Medium-sized Companies (500 - 4,999 employees) 1. Insomniac Games  Headquarters: Burbank, CA. Employees: 288

Insomniac Games

Photo: Insomniac Games

Headquartered in California, Insomniac Games is the company behind "Spyro," "Resistance," "Ratchet & Clank," and more. Known for its culture of fun, Insomniac bucks the stereotype of the unhealthy gamer with a slew of benefits, including free lunch on Fridays, a basketball court, volleyball court, putting green, and discounted gym memberships. Insomniac takes "paid vacation" one step further by actually giving employees money to go away after five years at the company. In the short term, the company offers in-house massages, a human-sized chessboard, and, for further evidence, this music video. — ZS

2. Centro
Headquarters: Chicago, IL. Employees: 370

Centro

Photo: Centro

If you surf the web regularly, you've probably seen Centro's work. The digital media and advertising firm has worked on more than 20,000 campaigns across the Internet, but its employee perks are what make the company really shine. The company gives all employees access to free onsite nutritionists, Weight Watchers, onsite yoga, daily deliveries of fresh fruit, and company-wide time every day for mindfulness and meditation. All Centro team members also get 10 yearly "Ferris Bueller" personal days to unwind and unleash their inner high schooler. — DT

3. Next Jump
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 200 

Next Jump

 Photo: Next Jump

This provider of Internet rewards and loyalty programs is especially good at rewarding its own employees. That includes free on-site healthy meals (and even healthy bags of snacks for the weekend), fitness classes, batting cages, virtual golf, and a rock wall. Their fitness facilities are open 24/7 and are available to all employees and their immediate families. Next Jump also sponsors an in-house fitness challenge, where teams of employees attend various fitness activities to earn points and cash in a health savings account. — DT

4. Burton
Headquarters: Burlington, VT. Employees: 372

Burton

Photo: Burton

As you can imagine, the office at Burton — the snowboard mega-brand — is pretty fun, filled with a young spirit that encourages employee wellbeing. What does that mean? We’re talking a skate park behind the office, discounts on gear, dog-friendly work environments, and automatic snow days whenever it snows more than two feet. Burton tops off those benefits with a women's leadership initiative and staff-led groups committed to promoting environmental sustainability. — ZS

5. Fab
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 440 (worldwide)

Fab

 Photo: Fab

Started in 2010, Fab sells a little bit of everything: apparel, accessories, home decor, art, and jewelry, all with a light touch and sense of fun. Fab doesn't boast a laundry list of benefits but it gets the most important ones right: There’s 100 percent healthcare coverage for all full-time employees, and 80 percent coverage for dependents. Fab also offers gym memberships, unlimited paid vacation per year, and some serious discounts on its potpourri of goods. Fab's spirit extends to its customer service, which, much like its internal culture, is all about respect, care, and quirkiness. — ZS

6. Lumosity
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA. Employees: 106

Lumosity

Photo: Lumosity

Lumosity makes brain-training software to keep minds sharp, and their employee perks are a sign of their own strong thinking. In addition to unlimited paid time off, Lumosity's 106 employees get access to catered lunches and a healthy snack pantry. Employment also comes with a free gym membership, and the company's Culture Team organizes regular happy hours and outings to get folks mingling outside the office. We assume they drink responsibly! — DT

7. Fowler White Boggs
Headquarters: Tampa, FL. Employees: 220

Fowler White Boggs

Photo: Fowler White Boggs

Law isn't always seen as the healthiest profession, but Fowler White Boggs is bucking that trend with some of the best employee benefits in the country. In addition to attending one-on-one coaching with registered dieticians and nurses, Fowler White Boggs employees can also earn healthcare discounts for meeting certain biometric stats (like lowered blood pressure and BMI). And their lunch breaks are hands-down the coolest we've encountered: The company offers a "Lunch 'n' Learn" lecture series during which employees can learn about health and wellness topics while savoring healthy meals. The firm is also tops at encouraging pro bono work to get employee's legal expertise to those in need. — DT

8. ZocDoc
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 450

ZocDoc

Photo: ZocDoc

ZocDoc is a go-to app if you need to find a doctor, so the company's employees always know where to turn for medical care. For health and happiness beyond check-ups, the company's employees have access so some pretty legit perks. ZocDoc's New York City headquarters features an open office plan, yoga balls, comfy couches, Rock Band, healthy snacks, and a ping-pong table. Beer and wine happy hours happen every Friday, and anyone working after 8pm gets free dinner and a cab ride home. Regular company retreats and outings break up any office monotony, too. It's just what the doctor ordered. — DT

9. Tumblr
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 192

Tumblr

 Photo: Tumblr

Tumblr's employees have built one of the world's best social media platforms, but they probably won't be using it to complain about work. The NYC-based company — recently acquired by web giant Yahoo — rewards workers for referring new employees, so working with your friends has never made more sense. Tumblr employees get a commuter savings account, twice-monthly office yoga, late-night dinner, and free gym memberships. The company also uses Sherpaa, a medical referral and insurance savings service that's becoming a hot commodity among healthy companies (including Greatist). — DT

10. MRY
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 375

MRY

Photo: MRY

This NYC-based advertising agency is pretty much the opposite of the booze-guzzling, chain-smoking ad firm depicted in "Mad Men." With an in-house barista, healthy catered breakfast once a week, gym discounts, office yoga sessions, and a company-wide step challenge, this company is making healthy living cool (check out their fancy-pants website if you don't believe us!). Life/work balance perks include uncapped paid time off, maternity/paternity time off, and the "Get a Life" program, where the company pays for employees to pursue mental or physical health goals outside work hours. — SB

For a full list of the 46 healthiest companies to work for in America, go to Greatist.com. Tiny Companies (< 100 employees)  1. Asana

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA. Employees: 50 

Asana

Photo: Asana

Would you expect a company named after the Sanskrit word for yoga poses to be anything but healthy? This San Fran-based task management company puts a premium on whole-body health for its employees. That means providing two organic meals per day (customized to fit specific dietary needs, if necessary), life coaching services, in-house yoga classes, optional massages, and 1-on-1 sessions with a yoga teacher. Since Asana's brand is all about streamlining workflow, employees are encouraged to make their workstations as productive and positive as possible. That means each employee gets $10,000 to customize their workstation — popular choices include ergonomic and telescoping desks. — SB

2. Greatist
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 18 

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 Photo: Jordan Shakeshaft

We live the life we champion at Greatist, which means keeping the workplace fit, healthy, and happy. Employees receive a free gym membership plus a $50 monthly stipend for extra fitness classes, physical therapy, or massages. Hungry workers help themselves to a fridge full of healthy groceries for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The whole company takes part in monthly "Gractivities" (fitness or wellness classes or activities around NYC) and "Grappy Hours" (in-office themed happy hours with plenty of healthy snacks). Plus, employees are encouraged to manage their own time — that means unlimited time off, flexible hours, and a frequently used work-from-home policy. Weekly meditation and appreciating fellow coworkers by presenting them with a stuffed animal round out the happiness perks. Heck, we were even recently named one of the 15 Best Startups to Work For in America! — SB

3. AnswerLab
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA. Employees: 42 

 AnswerLab

 Photo: AnswerLab

So much for the stereotype that tech gurus are couch potatoes. At AnswerLab, a website testing and research firm, employees are encouraged to stay active by participating in company-wide fitness challenges and scheduling walking meetings. Free gym membership and FitBit fitness trackers make it easy to add exercise into the daily routine. Regular fresh fruit deliveries and a tech "allowance" for trying out new products and devices make employees happy and healthy. — SB

4. Hanson Dodge Creative
Headquarters: Milwaukee, WI. Employees: 68

 Hanson Dodge Creative

 Photo: Hanson Dodge Creative

The digital marketing, branding, and technology company behind fitness names like Ragnar Relay and Trek bicycles knows how to keep employees happy at work. The company offers healthy meals at an on-site cafeteria, sponsors employee teams to run the Relay, and organizes monthly activities like scavenger hunts, bike races, and ice skating. With a fitness center, bicycles, and kayaks all available on-site, workers have no obstacles to getting and staying fit. Hanson Dodge is also pretty invested in its community — the management encourages employees to volunteer and do pro bono work on behalf of local organizations. Considering the flexible hours policy, employees have plenty of time to work on their karma as well as their fitness. — SB

5. Weebly
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA. Employees: 90 (worldwide)

 Weebly

 Photo: Kevin Osmond

Blog and website platform Weebly doesn't just make working more fun; it makes life outside the office better, too. Employees (who can take advantage of flexible hours and a work-from-home policy) get a $50 monthly credit to a housecleaning and concierge service (Imagine how much time you'd save if someone else was in charge of laundry and errands!). If that weren't enough, workers also receive free healthy food, drinks, and snacks at the office and stay fit with a free gym membership and in-office yoga sessions twice a month. — SB

6. Conductor, Inc.
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees:100

Conductor

 Photo: Conductor

This SEO platform company was recently named one of the healthiest companies in all of New York State. What makes it a winner? Employees chow down on free lunch on Fridays, work out courtesy of free gym memberships, and take care of themselves thanks to a health reimbursement account. Conductor is all about thinking outside the box — the company sponsors Hack Days, where employees brainstorm new ways to make their company, office space, and products even better. Stressed out by all the innovation? Workers can take a break with in-office FIFA and Rockband video games and employee karaoke night. Workers also get 16 hours of paid time off to volunteer in the community. — SB

7. Noom
Headquarters: New York, NY. Employees: 30 (worldwide) 

Noom

 Photo: Noom

Noom is dedicated to making products that help people get healthier, so it's no surprise they place a premium on their employees’ health. The app company provides workers with a free healthy lunch prepared in-house every day, in addition to healthy snacks. Employees are reimbursed for their gym memberships and can participate in yoga classes at the office once a week. Other fitness instructors regularly come into the office to teach classes. Noom also encourages employees to pursue their interests — every week the whole company participates in "Freestyle Friday," a chunk of time dedicated to brainstorming and working on passion projects. — SB

8. PatientsLikeMe
Headquarters: Cambridge, MA. Employees: 70

Patients Like Me

 Photo: Patients Like Me

Patients Like Me is rethinking how people interact with doctors, medical research, and other patients. Communication and collaboration is built into the company from the ground up. Employees meet once a week for educational lunches and further benefit from weekly yoga sessions, mass transit passes, and on-site Wii, Ping Pong, and darts to keep the mood light. The Cambridge, MA-based company knows the importance of work/life balance, which is why all workers get 10 paid holidays, 20 days of paid time off per year, and can work flexible hours if needed. — SB

A note on our metrics: We spent weeks researching the companies on this list and number-crunching the rankings to make them as accurate as possible. We started by analyzing annual "best companies" lists from institutions like Forbes, CNN, Indeed, Glassdoor, Working Mother Magazine, and Business Insider. Next, we looked into the specific pros and cons for each company based on press releases, quarterly reports, local news articles, and careers webpages. We then ranked the companies based on benefits that relate to fitness, health, and happiness. Companies received one point per "special" benefit — one point for an on-site child care center, one point for a free gym membership, one point for telecommuting options, etc. Lastly, we added up the points and arranged our list in descending order. We did everything in our power to make this list as accurate and numbers-based as possible to make it fair for all companies included. 

Unless otherwise noted, all employee counts are for the US only. 

Curious about who stood out in the past? Check out last year's list.Have thoughts of your own? Share your ideas in the comments below or get in touch with us on Twitter @Greatist.

For a full list of the 46 healthiest companies to work for in America, go to Greatist.com.

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  • The Latest on House Republicans and health care, tax cuts and other issues (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Speaker Paul Ryan says next month's governmentwide funding bill should not get ensnared with a fight over taking federal money away from Planned Parenthood. The Wisconsin Republican says 'defunding' Planned Parenthood belongs on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That legislation failed in the House last week but Ryan says it's more suitable since it addresses the organization's eligibility for Medicaid reimbursements. The idea to attach Planned Parenthood funding to the larger bill and risk a government shutdown has been the subject of media speculation but no GOP leader had displayed any enthusiasm for it. ___ 11:10 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says his chamber will take another crack at a health care overhaul. But he's offering no timeline, and no details about how leaders would overcome GOP divisions that sunk their bill Friday. That retreat was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. Ryan spoke Tuesday after House Republicans met for the first time since he sidetracked his party's health care legislation just before a scheduled House vote. The measure was destined for defeat because of GOP opposition. Republican lawmakers say there's a consensus to keep working on health care. Conservatives say it didn't repeal enough of President Barack Obama's 2010 law. Moderates say it takes coverage away from too many people. Ryan says Republicans would try working out their differences over the measure. ___ 10:25 a.m. A member of the House Freedom Caucus says he will force the House to vote on a full repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law in a month if the chamber hasn't acted to roll back the statute. Alabama Republican Mo Brooks also said Speaker Paul Ryan indicated the House would revisit the issue and that it would be 'fairly immediate.' Brooks spoke after divided House Republicans met to discuss strategy. Four days ago, Ryan abruptly canceled a vote on a GOP bill annulling much of Obama's law. That bill faced certain defeat due to Republican opponents, including the conservative Freedom Caucus. Brooks wants a vote on a measure that goes further in repealing Obama's overhaul. Ryan's move was a jolting setback for himself and President Donald Trump. __ 3:30 a.m. Congressional Republicans want to pivot to tax cuts and other issues following last week's House health care debacle. But the party remains riven into factions. And they're all over the map about how and when to return to their marquee pledge to eviscerate former President Barack Obama's 2010 health overhaul. House Republicans are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss their agenda. It's their first gathering since House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly abandoned plans last Friday for a vote on the GOP legislation. The retreat on the party's top legislative priority was a jarring defeat for President Donald Trump and Republican leaders. It also raised questions about whether the GOP could muster the unity needed on other issues. Republicans have issued mixed messages on what comes next on health care.
  • A woman was paying for parking in Midtown Sunday afternoon when a man slashed her throat and grabbed her handbag, Atlanta police said. Marla Franks was at a pay station at Juniper and 5th streets when the man tried to take her purse off her shoulder, according to an Atlanta police incident report. She resisted and held onto the bag.  “I will hurt you,” police said the man told Franks. She continued holding her purse. 'The man then took a knife and cut her throat about 5 to 6 inches,' Officer Stephanie Brown told Channel 2 Action News. He grabbed the purse and took off running, according to the police report. Fernando Bispo, who witnessed the attack, told police he ran after the man and got him to drop the handbag. Bispo stopped when the man turned the knife on him.  Another witness told police she saw a man jump the back fence of Kindred Hospital and offered to help him when he fell. She later learned about the robbery victim, according to the report. Police have not made any arrests in the incident. Bispo wasn’t injured in the encounter.  Franks had to get 17 stitches but was expected to recover. In other news:
  • Two men have been charged with murder in an October shooting outside a Pappadeaux in Marietta that began with a piece of costume jewelry and ended with a dead husband. Cobb police investigators filed the paperwork on Thursday against Dylan Marquis Ledbetter and Demarious Greene, both of whom were already in custody. The men are connected to violent crimes throughout Cobb and Cherokee counties. Ledbetter is also wanted in Florida on an attempted murder charge. Sentenced: Cobb man paid Filipino girls to perform online sex acts The Cobb murder charges stem from an Oct. 7 shooting. Cynthia and Anthony Welch were heading to their car after a birthday dinner at the Windy Hill Road restaurant when they were stopped in the parking lot. Cynthia Welch previously explained that a man shot her husband of 25 years and snatched the $5 costume necklace off her neck before shooting her and running away. The warrant doesn’t specify who police think pulled the trigger. Cobb man indicted in double murder of his mother and Buckhead teacher  Ledbetter was 22 when he was indicted in January for allegedly trying to run over officers with a car. A week after the Pappadeaux slaying, cops were trying to stop Ledbetter because the car he was driving matched the description of a vehicle connected to the shooting. Officers shot Ledbetter in his arm and leg as they said he sped toward them. Lab results in the Pappadeaux shooting were recently returned from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, and Cobb police were able to file charges in the case. Man facing death in Craigslist slaying of Marietta couple appears in court  Ledbetter has been in jail since Oct. 18. Two days before that, 21-year-old Green was booked into Cherokee County jail on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and other counts. Those Cherokee charges are from an Oct. 12 incident when the men allegedly stole a man’s necklace at gunpoint outside the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Like Cobb County News Now on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.  Ledbetter has also been accused of a similar necklace-snatching crime in Sandy Springs. A woman told police she was holding her 1 year old and just getting home when a man snatched a gold chain off of her and the child. The men are awaiting indictment on the Pappadeaux charges. Authorities have not discussed how they will handle the pending charges in other jurisdictions.