Orlando, Fla. – In a time when many companies have to face cutting back on employee benefits and perks, Orlando-based U.S. Lawns has, for the last five years, found ways to add more programs every year to help promote healthy lifestyles for their home office staff.

"We value our employees," said Ken Hutcheson, U.S. Lawns president. "It just made sense to offer them a healthy lifestyle program to help us all focus on our health and happiness. Research points to exercise and healthy eating as the best way to promote longevity and keep stress levels down. Our people are our best asset. We have a great team and we want them to remain happy and healthy. I am proud to say that we contribute to that every day."

2008: U.S. Lawns home office begins participating in the IOA Corporate 5k walk/run in downtown Orlando, and pays registration fees for the employees and their guests.

2009-2010: U.S. Lawns home office begins twice-a-day walk program for employees. Employees participate in the IOA Corporate 5k walk/run in downtown Orlando, are encouraged to participate in other 5k events. Entry fees are paid for them for the IOA 5k and select events around the central Florida area.

2011: In December of 2011, U.S. Lawns offers biometric screenings for their employees, conducted by Florida Hospital Healthy 100 program employees. U.S. Lawns home office continues twice-a-day walk program for employees. Employees participate in the IOA Corporate 5k walk/run in downtown Orlando, are encouraged to participate in other 5k events. Entry fees are paid for them.

2012: U.S. Lawns continues partnership with Florida Hospital Healthy 100 program, with monthly scheduled events for healthy lifestyle program for home office employees. "Lunch & Learn" sessions with a guest chef, as well as desk pilates, stretching classes and others are conducted. A "Healthy Snack Basket" program is started.