The GEO Group Earns Gold in Healthyroads "Fit Company Awards"(R)
BOCA RATON, Fla., March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The GEO Group, Inc., the
world's leading provider of correctional detention and community reentry
services, has been named a gold award winner in the third annual Healthyroads
Fit Company Awards^® program. The Healthyroads Fit Company Awards^® program
recognizes organizations nationwide who are leaders in the areas of employee
wellness and preventive health care and who demonstrate their commitment to
wellness by offering exceptional employee wellness benefits and services.
The GEO Group, Inc.
The GEO Group's "GEOfit-for-life" employee wellness program promotes a culture
of health that starts at the top of the company with Chairman, CEO and
Founder, Dr. George Zoley, and permeates every level of the organization.
Stephen Fuller, senior vice president, Human Resources, and other executives
literally "walk the talk," wearing their ActiPed step monitors on their shoes
to track their daily steps. Employees are encouraged to track their steps and
increase them through company contests and challenges, such as the "Where's
Your ActiPed?" photo contest. Employees who submitted the most interesting
photos of themselves wearing their ActiPeds in unique or fun settings were
awarded iPads or $25 gift cards. GEO leaders around the country set up local
step competitions to encourage employees to walk more. Employees at Corporate
Headquarters can earn their steps at the on-site gym, on outdoor walking paths
or just taking the stairs at work, which have been rubberized to simulate a
gym floor. Employees nationwide who prefer to work out away from work are
provided discounts for gym memberships. GEO also promotes charity runs and
walks that support their motto "GEOfit, GEOstrong, GEOproud."
But the GEO wellness program isn't just about walking. The company holds
annual employee health fairs at 60-75 facilities nationwide, conducting
cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, vision, skin and bone density screenings.
They also hold lunch-and-learn presentations on topics such as prevention of
heart attacks and strokes, and when to use the emergency room.
When it comes to nutrition, GEO offers healthy snacks and juices in their
vending machines, offers healthy food options such as healthy teas, fruit and
whole grain baked items during GEO celebrations, and includes low fat and low
calorie menu items at the corporate office café. Wellness program activity
reports are circulated bi-weekly to executives, facility managers and wellness
champions to keep everyone involved and to monitor results.
The GEO Group's wellness program was first implemented in 2009, and last year
achieved a participation rate of more than 96 percent of the Company's medical
plan participants completing the Personal Health Assessment.
"We're proud that last year we had 8,329 employees complete our Personal
Health Assessment, with over 1,000 employees purchasing an ActiPed step
monitor and walking more than 290.5 million steps (over 145,291 miles or
roughly 6 times around the earth!)," said Fuller. "Our program is creative and
fun, and further enhances our team spirit at GEO. We're very pleased with the
results and our employees are, too. GEO committed $100,000 in incentives
during its most recent weight loss program. The Company had 312 prize winners,
with the top winner ultimately losing 120 pounds. The winner received $2,500
and two round trip tickets to anywhere in the U.S."
The GEO Group's wellness program is offered through Healthyroads^®, one of the
nation's leading providers of employer population health programs.
"We congratulate the leadership and employees of The GEO Group for setting a
positive example worldwide that inspires others to reduce the health risk
factors that contribute to rising healthcare costs," said American Specialty
Health CEO and Chairman George DeVries. "Today's comprehensive wellness
programs offer everything from personal health coaching to exercise programs
to incentive programs. They provide a solid business strategy that can deliver
multiple benefits, including the potential to reduce sick days, decrease
medical utilization and increase productivity."
According to a recent study conducted by Truven Health Analytics and Emory
University, and supported by Healthyroads, modifiable health risk factors
contribute, on average, $887 per employee per year to an employer's health
care costs. The top ten risk factors that predict employee health costs
include obesity, physical inactivity, depression, tobacco use, high blood
glucose, high blood pressure, high stress, high total cholesterol, high
alcohol use and nutrition.
The Healthyroads Fit Company Award winners were selected based on their
commitment to best practices in worksite wellness, unique or creative ideas
that encourage a culture of health at the workplace, clarity and consistency
of employee health promotion and communications, and participation and
engagement levels of their employees in wellness initiatives.
Judges for the Healthyroads Fit Company Awards program included:
*Dr. Andrew Crighton, chief medical officer, Prudential Financial;
*Dr. Raymond Fabius, chief medical officer, TRUVEN Health Analytics;
*Dr. Leba Shallenberger, manager, health education and promotion,
*Dr. Cathy Baase, global director of health, Dow Chemical;
*Dr. Douglas Metz, chief health services officer and executive vice
president, American Specialty Health; and
*Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, clinical professor of medicine at the University
of Arizona and UCSF Schools of Medicine and vice president of health
affairs, American Specialty Health.
About The GEO Group, Inc.
The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) is the first fully integrated equity real
estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development,
and operation of correctional, detention, and community reentry facilities
around the globe. GEO is the world's leading provider of diversified
correctional, detention, and community reentry services to government agencies
worldwide with operations in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and
the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include the ownership and/or
management of 100 facilities totaling 72,000 beds with a growing workforce of
approximately 18,000 professionals. In addition to winning the Fit Company
Award, GEO Group has also been recognized with the American Heart
Association's Platinum and Gold Awards for ongoing efforts in heart-healthy
activities. GEO was also recognized by the South Florida Business Journal,
placing third in the Healthiest Employer in South Florida competition.
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About American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH)
American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is a national health services
organization that provides fitness, exercise and healthy aging programs,
population health solutions and specialty health careprograms for health
plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and/or employer groups. Headquartered in San
Diego, with offices in Dallas, Indianapolis and Columbia, S.C., ASH has more
than 1,000 employees and administers services formore than 32 million members
nationwide. Products offered through ASH and its subsidiaries include
Healthyroads^®, Silver&Fit^®, Active&Fit^®, ExerciseRewards^TMand others.
For more information about ASH, visit www.ASHCompanies.com, follow us on
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CONTACT: The GEO Group, Inc.
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