IMG_20140527_064041_830“Who DOES this for their employees?!” was a question posed to me during one of the many tours I gave of the new HQ Wellness Center during grand opening week. It was said by an employee with awe, excitement, and appreciation in their voice. Who does this for their employees? CROPP does.

CROPP’s wellness program is close to 10 years old and has grown with each passing year. What started with a few onsite fitness classes has grown into a multi-faceted, extensive program with fitness classes, health presentations, wellness challenges, multiple onsite wellness vendors offering a variety of services….and the list goes on and on. But one thing was missing – a dedicated wellness space. CROPP’s management saw this and with the employees’ best interests in mind, approved the addition of the HQ Wellness Center. This marked the beginning of a new era in CROPP’s wellness program.

Over 200 employees came through the Wellness Center in the first two opening days. Employees began utilizing the fitness equipment the very first day it opened. IMG_0064 DSCN0981Fitness class attendance is now at an all-time high. It’s safe to say CROPP employees have wellness fever. And knowing CROPP employees the way I do, I know this fever will continue well past the time the “newness” of the Wellness Center wears off. CROPP employees want to be well and that’s not going to change. We are a cooperative dedicated to the health of our environment and animals and consumers, but we have to start at home and take care of ourselves too. CROPP employees know this and have a passion for wellness unlike anything I have ever seen before.

CROPP’s management saw this same passion and wanted to give employees a space where they could fuel this need for wellness. How many companies hold their employees in such high regard and respect? How many companies truly want the best for their employees? How many companies DO this?  I might not know the actual statistics off the top of my head, but here’s what I do know: CROPP does this.

Be well,



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Amber Werre is the Wellness and Recognition Coordinator at Organic Valley. Following graduation from Winona State University with a degree in Community Health and Wellness, Amber moved back home to southwest Wisconsin to work for Organic Valley. Having grown up only a few miles from the Headquarters building, Amber was familiar with CROPP and its mission and knew she wanted to be a part of it. Amber is fueled by a love of helping others. She enjoys music, running, traveling, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Amber is proud to call herself a small-town country girl because she was taught to appreciate the small things in life and to see the beauty that’s all around us.