WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2016) - The National Business Group on Health last night honored 55 U.S. employers for having the best workforce well-being programs in the nation. The honored employers, including eight first-time winners, were presented with "2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®" awards at the National Business Group on Health's Fall Conference held in Washington, DC.
Since its inception 12 years ago, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards have recognized employers with exceptional commitment to improving their employees' physical health, productivity and overall quality of life. This year, the awards program was expanded to incorporate a wide range of well-being contributors including job satisfaction, community involvement, financial security, emotional health and social connectedness.
Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: "Employers are transitioning their focus from offering traditional wellness programs focused primarily on improving their employees' physical health to holistic well-being strategies aimed at enhancing the various facets of employees and their families' lives. The award criteria have been changed to reflect this transition. We are very pleased to honor all of these companies for their outstanding efforts and achievements."
LuAnn Heinen, a vice president of the National Business Group on Health who has overseen the awards program since its inception, commented: "We congratulate all of these outstanding companies for the value they place on the health and well-being of employees and their families. These companies are leading the way in sustaining healthy work environments and lifestyles by integrating strategies, policies and programs that support individual and corporate performance."
Winners of the 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for implementing a workforce well-being strategy with demonstrated results; Gold, for organizations with a strong commitment to holistic well-being and related metrics; Silver, for organizations with emerging well-being strategies, often with a focus on physical health. Thirteen employers were honored with platinum awards; 16 received gold awards and 26 received silver awards.
The winners in each category are:
CNO Financial Group
Geisinger Health System
Texas Health Resources
The Boeing Company
Baptist Health South Florida
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Booz Allen Hamilton
Carolinas HealthCare System
Delta Air Lines
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Health Care Service Corporation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
UPMC and UPMC Health Plan
Baylor Scott & White Health*
Citrix Systems, Inc.*
Compass Group North America
FCA US LLC
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated *
Kohl's Department Stores
Merck & Co. Inc.*
Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.*
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Unilever US, Inc.
Wespath Benefits and Investments (formerly GBOPHB)
* Denotes first time winner
The National Business Group on Health also presented Well-being Top Honors awards to Aetna, CNO Financial Group, Fidelity Investments, Humana Inc. and The Boeing Company.
Kohl's Department Stores received a special recognition award for community involvement, while Booz Allen Hamilton and Cerner Corporation received special recognition for emotional health and American Express received a special recognition award for financial security. Eaton was selected for a Global Distinction award in the emerging markets category.
About the National Business Group on Health®
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health improvement, innovation and health care management. The Business Group leads initiatives to address the most relevant health care issues facing employers today and enables human resource and benefit leaders to learn, share and leverage best practices from the most progressive companies. Business Group members, which include 72 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.