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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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:
Baptist Health South Florida
Hannaford Brothers Company
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Principal Financial Group
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Union Pacific Railroad
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
General Mills, Inc.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Pepsi Bottling Group
Volvo Group (including Mack Trucks, Inc.)
JC Penney Corporation, Inc.
PRO Sports Club
Sprint Nextel Corporation
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.