The following is a press release from L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort:
L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, a luxury 242-acre Texas Hill Country-themed resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been recognized for a second consecutive year as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. L'Auberge again earned 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 Janice Ackley, 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 such as frozen yogurt, skim milk, wheat bread, chicken wraps and turkey burgers.
L'Auberge holds its own version of The Biggest Loser called L'Auberge Loses Pounds on an annual basis. Participants in the twelve week program lost a stunning 1,340 pounds collectively in 2010. The first place winners each won $1,000 in April. All participants took part in weekly weigh-in and healthy living seminars. 174 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.
"We are honored to again receive national recognition for our wellness programs and to set the standard for promoting a healthy work culture," said Geno Iafrate, L'Auberge senior vice president and general manager. "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 healthy living prizes. The property also offers classes in healthy cooking, exercise and weight management, as well as health education in stress relief, heart health, back safety and grocery store shopping tours as part of its efforts.
As a Start! Fit-Friendly Company, L'Auberge will be recognized on the American Heart Association website and at events in Southwest Louisiana supporting the program.
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 63 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 and Missouri. In March 2010, Pinnacle opened its newest casino, River City, in south St. Louis County, Missouri. Pinnacle also is developing a casino in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.