Recognized in Forbes Magazine for workplace wellness programs and focus on employee health.
LAKE CHARLES, La. - L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, a luxury Texas Hill Country-themed resort in Lake Charles, La., has been recognized by the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. L'Auberge received Gold recognition for its workplace wellness programs, only the second Southwest Louisiana business to earn the honor.
"We commend L'Auberge for placing a priority on health and wellness," said Cassondra Guilbeau, senior regional director for the American Heart Association. "Studies suggest that implementing a worksite physical activity program and promoting a culture of physical activity will help companies increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and reduce healthcare costs."
Among the health initiatives cited, L'Auberge has a full-time health educator on staff. Kristie Evans, LDN, RD conducts health seminars for employees, offers complimentary dietary counseling and oversees property wellness efforts. Evans also works with property chefs to offer healthy choices in the employee dining room; recently adding items such as frozen yogurt, skim milk, wheat bread, chicken wraps and turkey burgers.
L'Auberge held its own version of The Biggest Loser called L'Auberge Loses Pounds. Participants in the sixteen week program lost a stunning 2,044 pounds collectively. The top female, top male and top team each won $2,000 in May. All participants took part in Boot Camp, a weekly weigh-in and healthy living seminars. 180 employees participated; those who met contest requirements will be eligible for additional prizes if they keep the weight off for six months.
L'Auberge holds an annual health fair for employees offering complimentary screenings and flu shots. The company also encourages physical activity through an established walking program. Employees receive complimentary pedometers and maps for on-site walking routes including contests for prizes such as 100 Miles in 40 Days.
"We are honored to receive national recognition for our wellness programs," said L'Auberge vice president and general manager Larry Lepinski. "Providing convenient programs to our employees allows them to more easily take control of their health and reduces medical expenses, so everyone wins. We are so pleased that our employees have enthusiastically embraced our new focus on health and fitness."
L'Auberge routinely provides incentives to employees to encourage healthy choices such as raffles for fitness equipment and contests. In October, the first 25 employees to sign up for a new walking program were rewarded with a meet-and-greet with Subway Restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle. The property also offers weight management classes, stress relief and heart healthy seminars and grocery store shopping tours as part of its efforts.
A special advertising section in Forbes magazine recently included a list of the 316 companies across the nation that received this special recognition, including L'Auberge.
Photo Caption (Left to Right: Larry Lepinski, VP/General Manager, Kristie Evans, L'Auberge Health Educator; Jackie St. Romain, L'Auberge Sr. Director of Human Resources; Cassondra Guilbeau, American Heart Association
NOTE: Interviews are available with the winners of L'Auberge Loses Pounds and with Health Educator Kristie Evans; call 337.395.7631 to schedule. Tours of property fitness projects (dining options in employee dining room, walking paths etc. are also available).
About L'Auberge du Lac
L'Auberge is located on 242 acres of land in Lake Charles, La., two hours from the Houston metropolitan area. This premier facility is ideal for the business traveler or guest looking for the ultimate in hospitality and dining experiences, plus non-stop gaming action. The property includes a 26-story hotel complex with approximately 1,000 spacious rooms and suites; an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio; 26,000 gross square feet of meeting space, including a business center and conference registration area; two resort swimming pools, lazy river and private cabana courtyard; full-service salon and spa and cardio fitness center; retail stores; ten innovative dining outlets; and top-name entertainment. The casino features 30,000 square feet of Vegas-like gaming action with 62 table games and more than 1,600 ticket-in ticket-out slot machines.
To learn more about L'Auberge, call reservations at (866) 580-7444 or visit www.ldlcasino.com.
About Pinnacle Entertainment
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates casinos in Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana, Missouri and Argentina, and has significant insurance claims related to a hurricane-damaged hotel and casino complex previously operated in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Company opened Lumière Place, a $507 million casino hotels complex in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, in December 2007. Pinnacle also has a second casino development project under construction in the St. Louis area, which opening is dependent upon final approval by the Missouri Gaming Commission. Pinnacle is currently developing a second casino resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to be called Sugarcane Bay, and is developing a casino resort in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additionally, Pinnacle owns a casino site at the heart of the famed Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.