Services:  Employee Benefits
Type:  Press Releases
Boston, MA- October 9, 2013 – National employee benefits specialist Marsh & McLennan Agency has teamed up with Vitasoy and Glam Foods to coordinate a three part healthy cooking series for Vitasoy employees.Faced with separate goals of promoting healthy living, bolstering company morale, and marketing their products to their employees, the Vitasoy HR team paired with Marsh & McLennan Agency to create a culinary bootcamp to inspire employees in the art of healthy cooking. Award winning chef and celebrated ‘food coach’ Chef German Lam has been brought in to lead the three part series.  The cutting edge culinary presentations use cooking to build teamwork and promote ‘clean’ eating at work and home.Chef Lam promotes ‘free style cooking’, which allows for improvisation and healthy meals even when there is little time to prepare. Embracing the flavors and changing in and out a few key ingredients, students learn the confidence and skills they need to prepare healthy meals continuously, beyond the recipes learned in class.This program is a fine example of how management teams are thinking outside the box, making the investment to empower individuals and teams to embrace clean eating and healthy cooking. To quote Chef Lam, “Cleaning the heart with clean food” and “Fueling the Ferrari” are just ways he teaches students on how to fuel up for a healthy lifestyle at the work place and home.Human Resources Director, Annemarie Abdo, says feedback from the employee base has been great.  “This is an excellent series to teach our employees the importance of healthy eating with dynamic recipes that inspire employees to think out of the box with their cooking skills. “For more information on Vitasoy products, visit www.vitasoy.com. For information on Chef Lam, visit www.glamfoodsllc.com. For information on wellness services through Marsh & McLennan Agency, visit www.mma-newengland.com or call 617-587-2300.About Marsh & McLennan Agency

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh, was established in 2008 to meet the needs of midsize businesses in the U.S. MMA operates independently from Marsh to offer commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to clients across the U.S.

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Vitasoy USA welcomed Chef German Lam for a three part Culinary cooking experience. Faced with the dilemma of employees not familiar with tofu and the need for healthy eating alternatives, Vitasoy turned to German Lam for assistance. Annemarie Abdo, Director of Human Resources stated “Chef Lam was able to transform his enthusiasm for cooking and passion for life into everyday cooking. After the first class, employees couldn’t wait to try out their new recipes on their families.” This was truly a successful event.

Annemarie Abdo, SPH                                                                                                                         Human Resources Director Vitasoy USA
Vitasoy Sept 2013

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Ray Ciccolo’s Village Automotice Group  Launches Initiative to Keep Employees Healthy

Dealership Group Taking Steps to Provide Tools for a Healthier Lifestyle

Ray Ciccolo’s Village Automotive Group is taking steps to make sure employees at all their dealerships are leading happy, healthy lives by implementing various new programs to encourage employees to focus on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of this initiative, Chef German Lam recently hosted a seminar for Village Automotive Group employees to showcase healthy eating tips. The employees left armed with valuable information and recipes for creating easy-to-make, nutritious food for work and home.

Chef Lam, founder and CEO of Glam Foods, LLC, brings years of cooking experience to teach people about the health and joy food can bring to life. Chef Lam orchestrates all types of cooking and food demonstrations in an attempt to build healthier eating habits. He offers services such as health conscious meal planning, recipes, cooking techniques, catering, and shopping for the best value.

Ray Ciccolo, President of Village Automotive Group says, “Our employees are our company’s biggest asset here, and enhancing their health and wellbeing benefits us, them and ultimately our customer base.”

Other wellness programs being implemented throughout the dealerships include a lunchtime walking program, in-house smoking cessation and online health assessments through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The online assessments are available to both employees of Village Automotive Group and their spouses and target common issues including heart health, blood pressure and more. As added incentive, everyone who completes the online assessment receives a $25 gift card to the establishment of his or her choice.

Village Automotive Group Human Resources Director Debbie Dempsey adds, “We’re making it easier for employees to take charge of their health though easy-to-use tools and programs both at work and at home. Programs like these are a huge marketing tool to help us to attract new, seasoned talent who are in search of a work environment like we have at our dealerships.”

Village Automotive Group includes Boston Volvo Village in Brighton, Charles River Saab in Watertown, Cadillac Hummer Saab Village of Norwood, Hyundai Village of Danvers, Nissan Village of North Attleboro, Volvo Village of Norwell, and Honda Village of Newton Corner in MA. For more information on Ray Ciccolo and the Village Automotive Group visit www.villageautomotive.com.