Promoting a Culture of Health and Wellness

People running

Three members of MITRE's Colorado Springs site—Suzanne Beers, Kevin Grimm, and Dave Mulligan—work as part of a team supporting space and missile defense programs for the Department of Defense. The trio also has something else in common: competing in dozens of marathons, triathlons, and other running events.

These elite runners set an example of fitness for hundreds of others at MITRE who put on their running shoes every year to participate in the company's "Run/Walk for Fun!" event. The motto of the race—Move at the pace that suits you—makes it clear that the goal is to cross the finish line and have a good time getting there; the race has inspired our employees to cross the finish line for almost a decade.

Our emphasis on health and wellness has been recognized by others. The American Heart Association named MITRE as a gold-level fit-friendly worksite. We also received a gold-level award from ComPsych™ Corporation for our promotion of a culture of health and wellness.

What motivates our employees in their pursuit of fitness? Kevin Grimm sums it up perfectly: "Looking good and having so much fun—now, who can resist that?"