A 6% job growth and challenging employees to live healthy lifestyles helped Rochster, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets maintain its No. 3 ranking on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Wegmans health and lifestyle efforts with employees, including challenging them to eat 5 cups of fruits and vegetables and walk 10,000 steps a day were listed among its attributes on the list.

Several other retailers also were recognized:

  • Woodland, Calif.-based Nugget Market ranked No. 8;
  • Norwalk, Conn.-based Stew Leondard’s jumped from No. 64 last year to No. 18 this year;
  • Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. ranked No. 24; and
  • Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets ranked No. 67.

Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants entered the list at No. 97 this year, thanks in part to its policy of offering health insurance to part time employees.

See the full list at http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2011/full_list/.