Health and wellness

Hypertherm Associates is committed to investing in Associates’ wellness and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

A highlight of our health and wellness program is an on-site wellness center known as the "HAWC" for the Hypertherm Associates Wellness Center. Staffed with medical personnel from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Hypertherm Associates tries to make the HAWC as convenient as possible by providing services from more than one of our buildings and scheduling appointments at hours that are convenient for Associates working all three shifts.

The team offers primary care and chronic disease management to Associates, spouses, and dependents over the age of 16 on the Hypertherm Associates medical plan, as well as acute medical care free of charge to all Associates.

Early feedback shows us the HAWC is working. HAWC primary care patients have a lower health risk and fewer care gaps because of increased engagement in their own health, and are projected to cost us 37% less than Associates not part of the HAWC’s primary care practice. With more than 250 members at the end of 2015, we are well on the way to reaching our target of 400 primary care patients.

In addition to 24-hour access to our on-site fitness facilities, we offer free fitness classes for all three shifts, and to adult family members. Classes include boot camp, TRX, yoga, meditation, Pilates, cardio conditioning, and core strengthening. We also have fitness equipment in our New York and Minnesota offices to encourage and promote physical activity during the workday.

Our Associates organize and participate in many athletic leagues, group fitness activities and pick-up games, including road and mountain biking, outdoor and indoor soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, downhill ski racing, snowshoeing, X-country skiing, pond hockey, walking, running, and table tennis. In the past two years, the number of associates attending our on-site classes and wellness programs has nearly doubled!

Healthy options in our vending machines and cafeterias are an important part of the wellness initiatives, and are less expensive than unhealthy options. We offer an Easy Choice program in the cafeteria, which clearly shows, Associates the healthy food options on the menu. The cafeteria uses local ingredients when available.