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esd & associates was recently featured on as a case study for companies across the nation offering employees incentives to encourage healthy living. The article highlighted how San Antonio’s largest digital marketing firm, esd & associates, is unyieldingly passionate about the well being of its employees. Throughout the agency’s 18-year history, it has earned a stream of awards recognizing exemplary employee wellness programs and for creative efforts for clients in the health sector.

Founders Christine Kleha and Erik Simpson encourage their employees to practice a healthy lifestyle by developing esd fit, a wellness program that emphasizes fun and achievable, rewarding goals. esd fit incorporates team fitness activities, incentive rewards, and a fitness tracking app developed in-house. The program is geared toward improving all aspects of employee health: nutrition, fitness and over well-being. The firm saw a huge increase in participation this past year in 2014 by implementing employee engagement tactics and teaming up with third-party local resources such as the American Heart Association’s Check Change Control and Fit City SA’s Million Pound Challenge.

Among other healthy activities, esd organizes weekly Friday workouts, company bike rides and a walking club. The company also reimburses employees for entry fees to official 5K runs, triathlons, and cycling races, prompting many to develop and advance their own personal fitness goals. In addition, esd fit has an incentive program built into the initiative, further motivating employees to participate in making changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

The San Antonio community took note of these efforts and 2014 esd was awarded first place in the small business division of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer Awards. Additionally, the agency recently won the Gold Recognition in the  2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program (HWRP) for the third year in a row.

“We’re really honored to have been rewarded for our efforts as a team,” said Erik Simpson, esd’s chief creative officer. “We truly believe in fostering a work and home culture where total wellness is a necessity.”

Earlier this year, Healthcare Advertising Awards picked esd’s work for University Health Systems’ NICU calendar for a Gold Award in the competition’s 31st annual event. The agency also received a Silver Award for its total integrated marketing campaign, “Finally, Health Insurance for Every Budget,” prepared for Sendero Health Plans of Austin, Texas.

“Our work with healthcare is very rewarding,” said Simpson. “We are committed advocate wellness not only within our agency, but also with the work for our clients.”

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esd & associates 07/10/17
Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of FREE fitness activities this summer. esd has partnered with San Antonio Parks and Recreation (SAPR) for three years in a row to bring the SA Parks Fitness App. So click here to learn more about how you can get fit this summer and how to win some awesome prizes.
esd & associates 07/06/17
TBT to our amazing VP of Operations, Lindsay Ackels, representing esd at the Best Practices in Worksite Wellness Forum. esd is a proud member of the Mayors Fitness Council and is proud to offer our employees wellness incentives.
esdresults 06/29/17
Our VP of Operations Lindsay, will be on an #SABGH forum panel about best practices for #workplacewellness tomorrow…
esd & associates 06/29/17
Our VP of Operations, Lindsay Ackels, will be on an San Antonio Business Group on Health (SABGH) forum panel discussing best practices for workplace wellness. Lindsay helps esd stay healthy all year round! esd is a proud member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council, and we are excited for Lindsay to represent us tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the forum. Read more here:
esd & associates 06/27/17
Hard to believe our city is turning 300. Time really does fly when you’re having fun! We’ll have some exciting news for you as 2018 approaches about our involvement in this year-long celebration stay tuned!

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