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Wrigley Honored With '2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles' Award
Date:6/25/2009

National Business Group on Health Recognizes Wrigley for its Commitment to Workplace Health & Wellness

CHICAGO, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company was honored with a Silver Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding innovative healthcare solutions. The award was granted to Wrigley for its continuing efforts to promote a healthy work environment and supporting associates and families in making better choices about their own health and well-being.

Wrigley was among only 63 companies to receive the acknowledgement, presented at the Joint Summit of the Institutes on Health Care Costs and Solutions & the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity last night in Arlington, Virginia.

"Wrigley is proud to be recognized for our health and wellness commitment by the National Business Group on Health," said Dushan Petrovich, president of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. "Fostering a healthy work environment through innovative wellness programs is not only the right thing to do for our associates, it also makes for an engaging and productive work environment."

Throughout the company, Wrigley has consistently taken steps to promote programs that create a healthy workplace and encourage associates to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, Wrigley partners with HealthString, a comprehensive resource that connects patients and providers with tools to manage their health, including:

  • An annual Health Risk Assessment (HRA) that helps associates pinpoint existing or potential health challenges. More than 90 percent of Wrigley associates completed the free HRA during the 2009 enrollment period.
  • Direct access to a personal HealthString Nurse Coach who is available to discuss risk factors, develop lifestyle plans and provide counsel to support associates in reaching their optimal health and wellness goals.
  • Free vouchers for a program that measures blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other key health statistics.

Wrigley also offers generous medical benefits to cover annual preventative care, which is paid in full by the company and available to all associates and retirees. It provides leading dental, medical and pharmacy benefits and gives its associates access to physicians on-site and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, including assistance for emotional and personal conflicts and complimentary counseling sessions.

In addition, Wrigley offers many other progressive wellness programs that were critical to receiving the award. To keep healthy while on the job, Wrigley provides associates access to onsite fitness equipment, where available, healthy dining options and discounts at local fitness clubs. Pre-shift stretching and warm-up exercises are also commonplace at the manufacturing sites. Wrigley also provides multiple options for smoking cessation, including behavior change programs, workplace groups and personal coaching through HealthString's Nurse Coaches.

In its headquartered city of Chicago, Wrigley encourages city-wide physical activity through a number of sponsored events. It is the title sponsor of the "Wrigley Start Early Run and Pledge Walk," which encourages families to get out and enjoy physical activity along the shoreline of Lake Michigan while raising money for Voices for Illinois Children and Prevent Child Abuse America.

Now in its fifth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards recognize those employers that have truly embraced a culture of wellness and are working collaboratively 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.

"We are proud to recognize 63 large employers for the 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."

About Wrigley

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, lollipops, and chocolate. The Company has operations in more than 40 countries and distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries. Three of these brands - Wrigley's Spearmint(R), Juicy Fruit(R), and Altoids(R) - have heritages stretching back more than a century. Other well-loved brands include Doublemint(R), Life Savers(R), Skittles(R), Big Red(R), Boomer(R), Pim Pom(R), Winterfresh(R), Extra(R), Starburst(R), Freedent(R), Hubba Bubba(R), Orbit(R), Excel(R), Creme Savers(R), Eclipse(R), Airwaves(R), Solano(R), Sugus(R), Lockets(R), P.K.(R), Cool Air(R) and 5(R). Wrigley is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, based in McLean, Virginia. Mars is a $30-billion, family-owned company that produces some of the world's leading confectionery, food and petcare products and has growing beverage and health & nutrition businesses.

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 - including 60 of the Fortune 100 - 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 www.businessgrouphealth.org.


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