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Looking for a low-cost benefit to offer your employees? Hemmings Motor News, a publisher in Bennington, Vt., holds a seriesof on-site seminars for its more than 100 employees to help them manage their lives better.

A volunteer health team arranges the brown-bag lunchtime talks, drawing ideas from companywide surveys and employees'evaluations of previous seminars. Topics have included low-fat cooking, nutrition for kids, personal investing, weight control,and menopause. Most sessions are free, and for others that require a speaker who charges more than $100, Hemmings chargesattendees a small fee. Even then, the cost to the worker is 50% reimbursable under the company's innovative "fitness benefit,"which pays for any fitness expense the employee chooses, from joining a health club to buying a bicycle.

Hemmings' philosophy? "The company gains much from energetic, healthy employees," states the company handbook.




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