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Sheetz Plans New Health & Wellness Center

Retailer seeks to improve employee health, manage healthcare costs

ALTOONA, Pa. -- As part of a national trend by companies offering enhanced workplace benefits to improve employee health, Sheetz Inc. is building a new health and wellness center at its distribution facility in Claysburg, Pa. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2012, the center will include fitness equipment, a quarter-mile exercise track and provide health assessments, lifestyle coaching and disease management services for employees and their families.

The 2,200-square-foot health and fitness center will be part of a larger Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified 10,000-square-foot facility that also includes a conference center.

"Providing ways for our employees to learn how to have healthier lifestyles by giving them the tools they need to achieve and maintain good health supports a culture of 'Shwellness' in our company, where people want to get healthy," said Bill Young, Sheetz's director of compensation, benefits and risk management. "Like many companies across the country, we recognize that having healthier employees helps us manage our health care costs, improves our productivity and sets Sheetz apart as a great place to work."

Sheetz has been recognized for more than a decade as among the best places to work in Pennsylvania by creating an environment that acknowledges the value of its employees and the importance of keeping people happy and enjoying their jobs.

"By combining a fitness center with health and wellness services, we can work with employees who may be at risk for disease such as heart disease and diabetes to help them lower those risks and lead healthier and longer lives," said Young. "We believe our regular screenings may identify health issues employees didn't know they have, and by providing a variety of health and wellness options and lifestyle coaching to address those issues, just makes sense for everyone."

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pa., Sheetz, Inc. is a family-owned and -operated convenience store chain with more than $4.9 billion in revenue for 2011 and more than 14,000 employees. The company operates more than 390 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Sheetz currently ranks on the Best Places to Work list in Ohio and North Carolina and has been on that list in Pennsylvania for eight consecutive years. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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