Healthentic Employees Spend Beachy Weekend Cleaning Washington Coastline

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Healthentic employees banded together to clean up a Washington State beach over Earth Day weekend. Many employers embrace the opportunity to use volunteerism as team building events.

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Scott Purcell, Marketing Manager, hauls his body weight in trash from Cape Alva Beach, Washington.

"(Volunteering is) a natural event for us here at Healthentic to embrace. We just direct our passion for a healthy workplace to a healthy 'Earthplace'."

On April 20, 2013, Healthentic employees banded together with Washington Coast Savers to participate in this year’s Washington Coast Cleanup, an annual event that allows Washingtonians to spend time cleaning up their favorite beaches.

Healthentic employees Bob Lloyd, Scott Purcell, and Amy Tsui brought their families along to hike three miles through the Olympic National Park to reach Cape Alava Beach on the rugged northwest Washington coast, where they spent the day cleaning up collecting styrofoam, plastic and other floating debris that washed up on this beach this year. The past two years have included large amounts of tsunami debris from Japan.

Breaking a sweat while taking care of Mother Earth is mutually beneficial for participants and the planet - and it is a trend that is catching on nationwide. If you are interested in participating in local events in your area, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website where you can sign up for their newsletter and find an event for 2014. There are also a multitude of Earth-friendly events to participate in year-round.

Thousands of American employers offer paid time off to employees to commit to spending their day off serving the greater good. Find out if your organization offers employee-sponsored volunteerism, and if they do not, encourage management to look into this great team building opportunity. According to a 2010 Society for Human Resources Management study, 17% of employers offered paid time off for volunteering efforts.

Bob Lloyd, Healthentic’s Director of Vendor and Partner Programs said, “It's a natural event for us here at Healthentic to embrace. We just direct our passion for a healthy workplace to a healthy 'Earthplace',” when asked why he enjoyed participating in this event.

Healthentic is passionate about promoting wellness and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle through education and empowerment at the workplace. They believe that there is nowhere better to exercise than the great outdoors, and were proud to participate in this year’s Washington Coast Cleanup. To find out more about the Washington CoastSavers, please visit [http://www.coastsavers.org.

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