The concept of including mandatory components to an employee wellness program will get a good workout in Aspen, Colo. this year.

Aspen Skiing Co., employer of some 1,500 workers who earn their pay working the ski slopes in the resort town, has added a mandatory fitness test to its wellness plan, according to the Aspen Times.

Dubbed "Work Ready," the initiative is designed to ensure that employees with physically demanding jobs can perform those jobs without endangering their own health, the company told the newspaper. It expands upon company policy that required new employees with physically demanding jobs to pass fitness tests.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.