National Aquarium

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 1981
Industry: Nonprofit

National Aquarium

John Racanelli
President and CEO

Committing to wellness: “At the National Aquarium, our focus on and passion for being a leader and a great place to work includes our commitment to every employee,” says president and CEO John Racanelli. “We want our employees to be better for having worked here, which includes their health.” That’s why the organization created Wellness Watershed.

FUN FACT: At least two National Aquarium employees who participated in biometric screenings and health risk assessments have learned of a possible health condition that was previously undiscovered.

Special perks: To earn points toward a $50 monthly bonus, National Aquarium employees take on team challenges, fill out questionnaires, track their steps and make preventative care a priority. The aquarium provides a number of ways to earn points so that every employee’s journey to health can be personalized based on needs and learning styles.

Solid results: Since the inception of Wellness Watershed, participation in the program has nearly doubled. Racanelli says the program has engaged employees in all different areas of the organization. “By providing opportunities to form organic teams for our wellness challenges, versus department-centric teams, we continue to encourage our employees to engage with each other,” he adds.