WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 06/25/14 -- The National Business Group on Health today honored 63 U.S. employers for their ongoing commitment to promoting healthy work environments and encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles. The honored employers, including eight first-time winners, were presented with "2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®" awards at the Business Group's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, DC.
Now in its tenth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards recognizes those employers that have responded to the urgent need to improve their employees' health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to encourage all employers to take action.
Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: "We are very pleased to honor this group of companies that are dedicated to wellness and health improvement programs. Their commitment to promote a healthy work environment and to partner with employees to pursue healthy lifestyles is to be commended. Health improvement programs not only complement an organization's benefits program, they are an integral part of their overall efforts to stem rising health care benefit costs."
"Employer interest in wellness and health improvement programs continues to grow nationwide, especially as more and more organizations see the business value these programs can deliver," said LuAnn Heinen, Vice President of the National Business Group on Health, who has overseen the awards program since its inception. "This year's honorees, including eight first-time winners, are clearly leading the way and should be proud of their efforts to build a healthier workplace and workforce. We congratulate all of them for their creativity, commitment and dedication."
Winners of the 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; and Gold, for making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs that support employees' healthy lifestyle goals.
Additionally, The Dow Chemical Company and American Express were presented with Global Distinction awards in recognition of their efforts to enhance the physical, psychological and emotional health, well-being and productivity of global employees and their dependents. The Dow Chemical Company was selected for a Global Distinction award in the emerging markets category; American Express was selected for a Global Distinction award in the developed economies category.
The National Business Group on Health also presented awards to companies in three special areas. These include:
The winners in each category are:
Baptist Health South Florida***
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
NextEra Energy, Inc.
The Boeing Company
Willis North America Inc.
Bank of America
Baylor Health Care System*
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
BP America Inc.
Carolinas HealthCare System
Chrysler Group LLC
Geisinger Health System
Health Care Service Corporation
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Lockheed Martin Corporation*
Marriott International, Inc.*
MGM Resorts International®*
Michelin North America, Inc.
Texas Health Resources
Texas Instruments Incorporated
The Kroger Co.*
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
UPMC and UPMC Health Plan
Vanderbilt University and Medical Center
Zurich North America*
* Denotes first time winner
** Denotes winning platinum honors five consecutive years
*** Denotes winning platinum honors for ten years
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 and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 392 members include 69 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.