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2015 WellNS scorecard

20% increase

in employee participation in HealthMiles program

29 PowerTrain

activity events to
support communities

‘HealthZone’ stations
at more than

50 work locations

Supporting employee health and wellness

Norfolk Southern’s voluntary WellNS program helps employees maintain healthy lifestyles. Employees and their spouses can join fitness centers, sign up for Weight Watchers, and design home workouts with a virtual trainer – to name a few benefits. A WellNS website offers information on topics such as getting fit, managing stress, and quitting smoking.

Virgin Pulse HealthMiles

More than 8,700 employees – about 30 percent of NS’ workforce – earned points and pocketed up to $260 a year by walking, participating in challenges, and tracking their health through this WellNS program. Employees at more than 50 work locations across NS can monitor their weight, blood pressure, and body mass index at “HealthZone” stations.


Teams of 10 or more employees compete in activity events to benefit nonprofit organizations, with a $1,000 donation through WellNS. More than 500 employees participated in 29 PowerTrain events, including forming a systemwide national team for the Alzheimer’s Foundation Walk.

Fitness Classes

NS offered on-site classes in Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and core strengthening at five locations, including Norfolk headquarters, Atlanta, and the company’s training center in McDonough, Ga. New FitNS Centers were constructed in Roanoke, Norfolk, and Atlanta.


The American Heart Association named NS a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite for going above and beyond to promote and improve workplace health culture for employees.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked NS in the top five of large Atlanta companies in its 2015 Healthiest Employers program, citing the railroad’s WellNS program and partnership with Virgin Pulse to encourage employees to get active and lead healthy lifestyles.

The American Diabetes Association designated NS as a Corporate Elite Health Champion, which recognizes companies that make health and wellness a priority for employees in three areas: nutrition and weight management, physical activity, and organizational well-being.