Director of Wellness and Benefits
Tonya Vyhlidal is Director of Wellness, Safety, and Life Enhancement for Lincoln Industries. She isresponsible for the occupational health, safety, benefits, and health promotion programs for a workforce of nearly 500. Under Tonya’s leadership, Lincoln Industries wellness program has been a two time recipient of the WELCOA platinum award (2003,2006), a featured company in the 2007, 2010 leading by example via the Partnership for Prevention magazine, selected as one of nine companies by the Centers for Disease Control for their SWAT project (2005,2007), was the 2007 recipient of the Innovation in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health, and was a 2008 C. Everett Koop National Health Award Winner.
In 2011, Lincoln Industries was selected by HERO as a case study for small employer’s wellness programming. HERO is doing three separate research projects on Lincoln Industries wellness program for publication. In 2008 Lincoln Industries Wellness made national media when CNN featured Lincoln Industries wellness on “Fit Nation”, the Wall Street Journal included Lincoln Industries Wellness in a best practices article and the Health Promotion Practitioner magazine featured Lincoln Industries Wellness program in their December issue. In June of 2010 Lincoln Industries was featured by the Integrated Benefits Institute on the comprehensive strategy of their wellness, safety, and benefits program.
The program has yielded a 5 to 1 return on investment, and the company saved $2.1 million in 2005 alone. The company has reduced overall lifestyle associated medical claims, workers compensation medical claims and modification rates, and has experienced health insurance cost’s per person at as much as 50% below the U.S. average.
Tonya is the current WorkWell Chair; CDC Worksite Obesity Prevention and Control panel, CDC’s Worksite Health Index panel, WELCOA Medical Advisory Council, Lincoln in Motion Board, recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who top 50 business professionals for 2009, Pfizer non-product speaker, and was recognized as one of Lincoln, Nebraska’s “40 under 40” in 2006 by the city’s Business Journal. In her free time Tonya enjoys spending time with her family, enjoys outdoor adventures such as mountain climbing and adventure racing, teaches group fitness classes, and loves to read.