Largest-Ever Class of Award Winners Demonstrates Strong Employer Commitment
to Workplace Health & Wellness Programs
WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) is pleased to announce 63 large employers -- representing the full spectrum of the U.S. economy -- have been recognized as "2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" award winners for their exceptional commitment to a healthy workplace and for helping their employees and families make better choices about their own health and well-being, the non-profit group announced today. The award-winning large employers are being recognized this evening at the National Business Group on Health's Joint Summit of the Institutes on Health Care Costs and Solutions & the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity in Arlington, Virginia.
"We are proud to recognize 63 large employers for their unparalleled commitment to a healthy workplace and for making their employees' health and well-being a top priority," said Helen Darling, President, National Business Group on Health. "Employers know first-hand that a healthy workforce is essential to increasing productivity and to maintaining a competitive edge in the new global economy."
LuAnn Heinen, Vice President, National Business Group on Health, added, "The 2009 class of award-winners is the largest ever, with companies demonstrating an unprecedented breadth and depth of programs to support employee health and wellness. More than ever, employers are making investments that should pay substantial dividends over the long term."
Winners of the 5th Annual "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established "Healthy Weight, Healthy Lifestyles" programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for employers who have launched programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle. Among the noteworthy accomplishments:
2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Winners
Baptist Health South Florida
Campbell Soup Company
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC Health Plan
Volvo Group Companies including Mack Trucks, Inc.
American Specialty Health Incorporated
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Chrysler Group LLC
General Dynamics Electric Boat
The Boeing Company
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Cardinal Health, Inc.
H. J. Heinz Company
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Michelin North America
PRO Sports Club
Texas Health Resources
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Home Depot
Watson Wyatt Worldwide
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
|SOURCE National Business Group on Health|
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