programs for central Garden & PET

The EmpowerLinc Health & Wellness Program provides confidential and professional coaching and referral services for physical activity, nutrition, weight management, smoking and tobacco cessation, stress management, sleep hygiene, heart health, and prenatal wellness.

Central Garden & Pet employees and benefit-eligible family members can connect with EmpowerLinc in one of three ways:

  •     Phone. Call EmpowerLinc at 1-888-882-LINC (5462).
  •     Web. Log in to EmpowerLinc by visiting Use the Company Code central to create a personal profile.
  •     Email. Email an EmpowerLinc Health Educator at

EmpowerLinc is based on a holistic, mind-body approach that views good health as a balance of physical, financial, and emotional well-being. EmpowerLinc’s Health Educators will work with you to develop a personal action plan that includes: discussing your current health and wellness interests; assisting you in developing a tailored wellness plan, based on your individual health goals; providing you with educational materials and guidance to support your wellness plan; and offering ongoing support and resources to help you achieve your goals.

Life can be a juggling act. It takes time, and lots of it, to balance work, family and personal challenges. To help you, Central Garden & Pet offers the SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  This valuable benefit offers confidential, professional assistance for problems of concern to you and your immediate family members.

Your benefits through the SupportLinc EAP include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Short-Term Counseling. Through SupportLinc, Central Garden & Pet employees and benefit-eligible family members may receive up to five (5) in-person counseling sessions, with a licensed clinician to address issues such as marriage and family problems, substance abuse, stress, anxiety or other behavioral health concerns.
  • Legal and Financial Consultation. The SupportLinc program provides free and confidential legal and financial consultation, as well as assitance with identity theft recovery.
  • Dependent Care Referral Services. SupportLinc’s knowledgeable specialists provide referrals to resources that help address a wide range of issues such as child or elder care, adoption, pet care, home repair and education.

To get started, call 1-888-881-LINC (5462) anytime, day or night, or visit the SupportLinc website at


Animo is a new web and mobile platform that provides personalized resources to improve focus and wellbeing set to your own pace & schedule. The Animo program helps address concerns such as stress, anxiety, and depression. If you’re ready to gain greater control of your thoughts and feelings - allowing you to reach your goals, enhance your relationships, and enjoy life more fully – get started with Animo today!

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3 cups raw almonds
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne


  1. With a rack in the middle of your oven, preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the maple syrup, oil, chopped rosemary, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne. Whisk together and add the almonds, stir until almonds are well coated with the spice mixture.
  3. Spread almonds onto the baking sheet in one even layer.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then stir and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet.
  5. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Nutrition Facts (note 1 serving is ¼ cup)
Calories: 231kcal. Carbohydrates: 10g. Protein: 7g. Fat: 19g. Saturated Fat: 1g. Sodium: 84mg. Potassium: 289mg. Fiber: 4g. Sugar: 3g. Vitamin A: 170IU. Vitamin C: 1.7mg. Calcium: 109mg. Iron: 1.7mg.

Welcome to, the health and wellness hub for Central Garden & Pet employees. Make sure to bookmark this site and visit often!

This site will provide information about resources that can help guide and motivate Central Garden & Pet employees toward making positive lifestyle changes. You can also use this portal to access the health and wellness programs offered by our partner, EmpowerLinc.

Take a look around and review the following features:

  • Information about Programs Available to Central Garden & Pet Employees, Including My Rewards
  • Healthy Recipe of the Month
  • Monthly Health Promotion
  • Health & Wellness Webinars of the Month
  • Health Tip Corner

statement from our chairman


At Central Garden & Pet, a positive work environment is important.  Our employees should feel valued for their contributions and encouraged to live an exceptional quality of life through healthy lifestyle choices. In January 2013, we introduced the EmpowerLinc Health and Wellness program to Central Garden & Pet employees and families.  Last summer, more than 1,000 employees participated in the first Central Garden & Pet Walking Challenge – and we walked more than 70,000 miles together!

Whether you’re starting a diet, kicking off an exercise plan, quitting smoking, reducing your stress or looking for guidance during and after pregnancy, EmpowerLinc can help. To get started, call EmpowerLinc at 1-888-882-LINC (5462) or click on the EmpowerLinc logo below.

I invite all of you to participate in the EmpowerLinc program, since a healthy work-life balance is a vital part of making our organization the best it can be.

Bill Brown, Chairman

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​​​​​​​​​recipe of the month: MARCH 2021

Sweet and Savory Roasted Almonds

gym memberships


GlobalFit provides Central Garden & Pet employees with access to the lowest membership rates at over 10,000 gyms across the country.

To get started, click here. Simply enter your zip code and search for participating gyms in your area. If this is your first time using the GlobalFit gym membership service, you'll be asked to register. Exercise and get healthy today!

feeling stress?


Stress is an unavoidable part of life that affects you personally and professionally. While some stress can actually lead to positive results, sustained stress at a high level typically leads to negative consequences.

When you feel stress coming on, contact the SupportLinc EAP anytime, day or night. A SupportLinc counselor can help you address the stress -- and get you back on the road to being stress-free! You can reach SupportLinc by calling 1-888-881-LINC (5462), visiting the
SupportLinc website, or downloading the eConnect mobile app for iPhone or Android.

health coaching


Through your enhanced wellness program, you also have access to free and confidential health coaching for help with fitness, dieting, smoking cessation, weight management and prenatal health.

Begin your wellness journey today by calling us at 1-888-882-LINC (5462), emailing us
here, or visiting the EmpowerLinc wellness portal by clicking here.