Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Yvan Miklin President & CEO of Aquila, together with Healthstat, Kaiser Permanente and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia Celebrate Grand Opening of Brand New City of Atlanta Employee Wellness & Fitness Center – an Aquila Managed Fitness Center
New facility is the only one of its kind in metropolitan Atlanta area.
ATLANTA, GA — August 15, 2017 — Aquila celebrated the grand opening of the new City of Atlanta Employee Wellness Center! Aquila was selected as an operator and partner for the City of Atlanta Employee Fitness Center which is part of a new, 12,000 square foot Wellness facility located in the City Plaza building across from the Atlanta City Hall.
The new facility is the only one of its kind in the ten-county metropolitan region, offering health, fitness and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services under one roof. This is also the first Aquila managed fitness center, which will have a fully served Juice Bar offering healthy fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, and organic protein powder drinks. Employees will be able to take advantage of Aquila group and individual fitness training programs, lifestyle and wellbeing engagement programs, nutritional programs and have access to Aquila fitness coaches. Furthermore, Aquila will help the City in fitness program development & management for the City’s 16 other fitness centers located in various locations in Atlanta. This will bring Aquila to 22 managed facilities and programs in greater Atlanta Area and 60 plus nationwide.
As part of Mayor’s Reed’s “A Healthier You” Initiative, the Department of Human Resources partnered with Aquila to facilitate the new Employee Fitness Center offerings. “At Aquila, we are very proud to be part of Mayor’s Reed “A Healthier You” Initiative. The job of public service workers is very challenging. If we can make significant changes to City employee’s personal health & fitness goals we can achieve a healthier workforce” said Aquila President & CEO, Yvan Miklin. “Our goal is to provide City employees with up-to-the minute fitness and well-being tools and resources to have a lasting impact on their fitness lifestyle.”
The new Wellness Center, approximately $3 million facility that includes a health center, clinic and the fitness center was funded entirely through insurance reserve funds generated through contracts with insurance vendors, pharmacy rebates and performance guarantees. No general fund dollars were used for the project. According to 36-month projections by EPIC Brokers and Consultants, this care will allow the City of Atlanta to save $2 in health care claims costs for every $1 it invests in the program. These savings will come from the clinic’s combined ability to reduce the rising cost of health benefit plans and improve city employees’ productivity.