The Republic of Tea Receives Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition from the American Heart Association

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Leading purveyor of premium teas receives Gold Award for Healthy Minister Program.

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We believe that living a healthy lifestyle is critical to achieving success in all aspects of life, and that individuals, by changing their behavior in positive ways, can positively influence others.

The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, has received Gold Award Recognition from The American Heart Association as a 2012-2013 Fit-Friendly Worksite. The American Heart Association defines Fit-Friendly Worksites as businesses that go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. Winners are chosen based on the unique initiatives they implement to help lower the risk of heart disease among all their associates.

The Republic of Tea recognizes the importance of a healthy workplace, and creates a culture of wellness by providing support to its employees (“Ministers”) through the Healthy Minister Program, which offers educational opportunities and resources to help them achieve and maintain a life of health, balance, and well being.

The Healthy Minister Program offers lifestyle benefits such as “Make a Difference” days (paid volunteerism), profit sharing, a scholarship program, and child care credit, in addition to incentives to live a healthy life including:

  • Annual athletic shoe reimbursement
  • Access to a full-time nutritionist for individual counseling sessions
  • A $500 annual fitness credit for health club memberships or weight loss programs
  • Free weekly yoga classes held on-site
  • Healthy snacks in its kitchens
  • Encouragement to take daily 10-15 minute walking breaks

“Our Ministers are the foundation of The Republic of Tea; we believe that living a healthy lifestyle is critical to achieving success in all aspects of life, and that individuals, by changing their behavior in positive ways, can positively influence others”, said Ron Rubin, Minister of Tea. “The Gold Level Award is a great honor to have won, and is fully aligned with our belief in taking life Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp.”

As a winner in this category, The Republic of Tea receives official recognition on the American Heart Association website and local recognition at American Heart Association events. The Republic of Tea was also recently named to Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” as a reflection of its dedication and commitment to improving employee health and fostering a workplace in which it’s Ministers can thrive.

About The Republic of Tea:
The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Room to Read, The Ethical Tea Partnership and the Rainforest Alliance. The Republic of Tea is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary – Leading the Tea Revolution. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.298.4832. Follow The Republic of Tea on Twitter at and Like us on Facebook at

Media contact: Alicia De Martini, Minister of Enlightenment, The Republic of Tea, 802.863.3929 (ext. 102), alicia(at)republicoftea(dot)com

5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 100, Novato, CA 94949 ~ Tel 415.382.3400 ~ Fax 415.382.3401 ~

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