National Business Group on Honors Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles

The 2007 winners offer innovative programs on wellness and lifestyle improvement.

The National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization recognized on May 9 more than three dozen U.S. employers for their continuing efforts to promote healthy work environments and encourage workers to live healthier lifestyles.

"Wellness and lifestyle improvement programs are rapidly becoming a top priority at many large employers, and with good reason," said Helen Darling, President of the Business Group.

"Employers are recognizing that there is a direct link between healthy and engaged workers, high productivity, and controlling rising health costs. That we are honoring over 50% more employers than when we launched this program is a clear indication that a growing number of employers are serious about helping workers and their families improve their health."

This year's winning companies offer a wide variety of wellness and lifestyle improvement programs including, but not limited to, onsite fitness and health clinics; weight-management, smoking cessation and tobacco cessation programs; health coaches; web-based health and fitness tools; financial incentives for participating in fitness programs and health risk assessments.

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"What's very exciting to see is the wide range of innovative programs and opportunities employers are offering their workers to create a healthy work environment," said LuAnn Heinen, director of the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity, which was launched in 2003 and created the awards program. "We are very pleased to honor these 41 companies for their leadership and forward-thinking approaches toward helping workers choose healthier lifestyles."

Winners of the 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.

The winners in each category include:

PLATINUM
Baptist Health South Florida
Dell Inc.
FPL Group
Hannaford Brothers Company
IBM
Kellogg Company
Motorola Inc,
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Principal Financial Group
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Union Pacific Railroad

GOLD
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Bath Iron Works, A General Dynamics Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Campbell Soup Company
CIGNA
Cisco
General Mills, Inc.
Gilsbar, Inc.
H-E-B
Intel Corporation
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Medtronic, Inc.
Northeast Utilities
Pepsi Bottling Group
Quest Diagnostics
Roche
Unum
Volvo Group (including Mack Trucks, Inc.)
WaMu

SILVER
EMC Corporation
Fiserv, Inc.
JC Penney Corporation, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
PRO Sports Club
Sprint Nextel Corporation
Target Corporation
Verizon Wireless
Visant Corporation
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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