A Las Vegas hotel owner is rolling the dice on wellness programming, betting that by creating a richer wellness plan for employees, the company will benefit as well.

So says an article in Casino City Times, reporting on the new corporate headquarters building for MGM Resorts International.

Apparently responding to the welter of news that claims wellness programs give employers an edge, MGM has included the following as part of its onsite wellness initiative: "a workout room with elliptical machines, free weights and medicine balls; a lunchroom with free entrées, soups and salad bar; and a fun room with a ping pong table where tables and chairs are sometimes removed for free yoga sessions. … Two treadmills with computers so that workers can do tasks while strolling off calories, boot camp-style workouts in the parking lot before work and even a trio of trails, ranging from a half-mile walk to 1.5 miles."

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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.