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Highmark Recognized as One of America's Healthiest Companies
Date:10/27/2009

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. was recognized as one of "America's Healthiest Companies" when it recently received the 2009 Well Workplace Award for its commitment to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of its employees. As the state's largest health insurer, Highmark provides its 11,000 Pennsylvania-based employees a comprehensive wellness program.

"At Highmark, wellness isn't something we just discuss, it's something we do," said Dr. Donald Fischer, Highmark's chief medical officer. "The health and well-being of employees isn't just a 'feel good' strategy. It's a strategy that has measurable results."

The Well Workplace Award, created by the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), provides organizations the opportunity to be evaluated through seven benchmarks that can potentially lead to recognition of achievement in health promotion. The benchmarks include senior-level support, wellness teams, data collection, operating plans, interventions, supportive environments and outcome evaluations.

Highmark earned a gold designation as a company that has successfully built comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives and is demonstrating and documenting concrete outcomes. Highmark is just one of 59 companies to receive the Well Workplace Award this year.

This award recognizes Highmark's continuous efforts to provide employees with a culture of wellness, including an onsite fitness center and ongoing wellness classes.

"Thanks to the company's program, I lost 75 pounds, and I'm determined to keep it off. That's why I'm a regular at the Highmark fitness center," said Highmark employee Lori Wiley. "It's like a home to me... a happy, healthier home."

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