SOURCE: Virgin HealthMiles

Virgin HealthMiles

March 21, 2011 09:24 ET

Third Annual National Employee Wellness Month Kicks Off for June 2011

Virgin HealthMiles, STOP Obesity Alliance, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Join Forces to Encourage American Employers to Join Month-Long Campaign

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - Today, Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of technology-based employee health programs that reward individuals for getting healthy, the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation announced they have joined forces to sponsor the third annual National Employee Wellness Month this June. 

Forward-thinking organizations across the U.S. are taking action to control rising healthcare costs and are focusing on prevention as one of the best strategies to counter the trend. National Employee Wellness Month is an annual initiative that helps business leaders learn how companies have developed successful strategies around prevention and good health. It showcases how supportive social communities, such as the workplace, can help to improve employee health and productivity and lower healthcare costs, and how leveraging an individual's social connections helps create and sustain a workplace culture of health. Together, the supporting National Employee Wellness Month organizations and their employees understand that intelligent health decisions and supportive social communities can create a healthier, more productive workforce. 

Companies across the country can participate in National Employee Wellness Month by helping employees learn about the health and financial benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, by providing motivation and opportunities for employees to increase their daily physical activity, and by taking action to promote healthy lifestyles throughout their organizations. Information and resources about workplace wellness, along with suggested ideas for celebrating National Employee Wellness Month, can be found at www.nationalemployeewellnessmonth.com. For more information on how your organization can become actively involved in this year's National Employee Wellness Month or to pledge your company's support, contact Marian Hughes at mhughes@tieronepr.com or 708-246-0083.

About Virgin HealthMiles
Virgin HealthMiles provides technology-based employee health programs that pay people to get active. The company's Pay-for-Prevention™ approach, based on physical activity and healthy lifestyle change, attracts an average of 40 percent of employees who participate, which helps organizations reduce medical costs and improve employee productivity and satisfaction. The program is offered by employers, government entities, and insurers. Over 120 industry leaders representing more than 700,000 employees across the U.S., including American Diabetes Association, OhioHealth, Ochsner Health System, MWV, SunGard, SunTrust, and Timberland have selected Virgin HealthMiles' award-winning program for their employees. The company is a member of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group. For more information, visit www.virginhealthmiles.com.

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