The first step in building a successful project is creating a strong, reliable foundation. That same principle goes for our employees. In construction, employees are our foundation and we rely on them to be
physically fit and healthy.
MCL’s Kristal Mordhorst is their physical fitness and wellness resource. Kristal has joined the MCL team as the Director of Health and Wellness. Her main focus will be injury prevention, creating a healthier workplace through nutrition, and modifying our existing safety plans. Kristal is a certified personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Iowa State University. She’s worked in corporate wellness for seven years, something she sees a growing need for.
“Health and wellness is something that gets put on the back burner when it comes to work because of everything else you are doing, but you have to focus on it,” said Mordhorst. “Physical activity is also important to your mental health in the workplace.”
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Prior to MCL, she worked for John Deere and Nationwide in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Minnesota to work for Best Buy and, after years of being gone, she decided she wanted to move closer to her home in Ute, Iowa - population 335. That town is where her passion for health and wellness started. Because Ute is so small, Kristal was never told no when she wanted to compete in multiple sports with potential for overlapping seasons.
To keep up with her demanding athletic schedule, she needed to prioritize wellness. That attention to health and safety is something she will teach all of our employees.
“A career in construction is a physically demanding job. Without the proper training and attention to wellness, you create increased room for error,” she said.
She is already implementing new stretching and injury prevention routines every employee will begin their day with on-site. She plans to make nutrition easy and share healthy meal options and modifications that you can manage when you work on the go.
“This allows us to maintain and regulate the health and physical wellbeing of our employees,” said MCL Construction President Bob Carlisle. “Also, it allows us to negate job site related injuries that, in turn, equate to keeping competitive insurance rates.”
She plans to develop a protocol that focuses on early intervention programs and preventative treatment. The new, fully-equipped gym located at the new MCL office building will help her create a stronger
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