The Monsanto Muscatine Plant recently received Blue Zones Worksite Designation, a program sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross seeking to create more livable, walkable, bikeable, and socially engaged communities.
Muscatine was selected as one of the 15 Iowa communities to become a demonstration community, showing the viability of the project. One of the requirements was that 50 percent of the top 20 companies in Muscatine pass certain criteria to become a Blue Zones Worksite. Monsanto was one of the first to do so.
“The Muscatine Plant has always been a huge supporter of the community – becoming a Blue Zones Worksite was just another way to support the community in its efforts of transforming the well-being of its citizens,” said Christina Board, administrative assistant at the site. “Healthy productive employees come from healthy communities.”
Out of the possible 117 points, the Muscatine site received 90, including points for having all the site’s managers trained in ‘Leading for Well-Being,’ sponsoring training for employees to connect with their ‘personal purpose,’ and completing an ergonomic checklist that ensures employees have access to comfortable work spaces.
The Monsanto Muscatine plant, located five miles south of Muscatine along the Mississippi River, produces the company’s selective chemistry products, glyphosate and glyphosate formulations.