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National Business Group on Health Honors Erie Insurance As One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles
Date:5/19/2008

Erie Insurance among 52 Companies Recognized for Promoting Healthy

Workplace

ERIE, Pa., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization of large employers, recently honored Erie Insurance for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its employees and families.

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Erie Insurance was among 52 employers that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's (NBGH) Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. Erie Insurance received a Gold award for its Healthy Directions program. This is the second time Erie has received an award.

"Erie Insurance has a long history of commitment to health promotion and recently dedicated a full-time wellness expert to administering the program," said Barbara Stapf, assistant vice president of Benefits and Compensation. "We are proud of our employees and the healthy choices they are making. Erie Insurance will strive to continue providing our employees and their families the best possible tools for healthy lifestyles."

Erie Insurance's worksite wellness program, Healthy Directions, was established to provide employees with the means to lead healthier lives. A wide range of wellness education and health management programs are available to employees in 23 locations who voluntarily participate. These include lunchtime and after-hours exercise classes, indoor and outdoor walking programs, corporate discounts to fitness facilities, lunch and learn programs, and workday stretch breaks.

"We are very pleased to honor Erie Insurance for their innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees," said Helen Darling, president of the NBGH. "Erie Insurance and its management team should be proud of both their initiatives and ongoing support of helping employees to choose a healthier way of life."

Now in its fourth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards acknowledge and reward those employers that recognize the urgent need to improve their workers' health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established programs with measurable outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for those employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

About Erie Insurance

According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 16th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written and the 21st largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. The Group, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, has over 3.9 million policies in force and operates in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Erie Insurance Group ranked 488 on the FORTUNE 500. To learn more, visit http://www.erieinsurance.com.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information about the NBGH, visit http://www.businessgrouphealth.org


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