Lowe’s benefits programs include health and life insurance plans, a wide range of health and wellness programs, a flexible spending account plan, a 401(k) plan and a discount stock purchase plan. We recognize that to maintain and improve the health of our employees and their families, we need to continue to improve our health and wellness programs. Lowe’s is committed to continuously measuring and evaluating the success of our programs and implementing changes to better meet employee needs. In 2012, we launched the Weigh Smart Challenge to help employees and their families manage their weight with three targeted programs that provide dietary recommendations. Participating employees lost more than 28,000 pounds in just two months. We also expanded maternity benefits and increased the services available through our Family Assistance Program. Through confidential and professional counseling, employees and family members receive help with personal and work-related issues, including financial and legal matters, drug or alcohol abuse and child and senior care. As part of the work-life program, Lowe’s also offers exclusive discounts on more than 3.5 million products and services.
To improve employee access to health services, we added three new mobile health-screening units to our fleet. Each of the five custom-built vehicles has a staff of trained professionals who screen for blood pressure, total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and other key health indicators. With the three additional buses, we’re now able to bring free screenings and professional health advice to every U.S. Lowe’s location each year. Our health-screening units have traveled more than 190,000 miles and provided 115,000 free health screenings for employees since 2010.
All of these services are part of My Life Track, Lowe’s innovative health and wellness program that provides resources to help employees and their families build a healthier lifestyle. My Life Track programs include annual health and wellness campaigns that address physical, emotional and financial topics, and on-site health centers in select locations. Lowe’s pays for the entire cost of the program and services.