UnitedHealthcare Honors Employers for Outstanding Worksite Wellness Programs
Fifth annual “Well Deserved” award recognizes 16 organizations’ commitment to
wellness and encouraging their employees to take an active role in their
health and well-being
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- March 28, 2013
UnitedHealthcare has presented 16 organizations with the “Well Deserved” award
for 2012, an annual honor given to employers who demonstrate an exceptional
commitment to helping their employees improve their health and well-being by
investing in worksite wellness programs.
Among the 2012 winners, five organizations have won the “Well Deserved” award
three times. In recognition of these organizations’ long-term commitment to
employee health and well-being, UnitedHealthcare presented them with a
Leadership Award to honor this multiyear distinction. Leadership Award winners
*City of Arlington, Texas
*City of Austin, Texas
*Shamrock Foods Company, Phoenix, Ariz.
*State of Rhode Island
*Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Austin, Texas
Four organizations have won the “Well Deserved” award twice and were presented
with a Golden Apple Award:
*Adams County Government, Brighton, Colo.
*City of Dublin, Ohio
*GTECH Corp., Providence, R.I.
*NCH Corporation, Irving, Texas
Other “Well Deserved” award winners were:
*City of Columbus, Ohio
*City of Milwaukee, Wis.
*Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
*Narragansett Bay Commission, Providence, R.I.
*Pinellas County Government, Clearwater, Fla.
*Sally Beauty Holdings LLC, Denton, Texas
*The School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and
arthritis – are among the most common, costly and preventable health problems.
The use of effective workplace programs and policies may reduce health risks
and improve the quality of life for millions of people across the United
States, while reducing health care costs to individuals and employers,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More businesses are adopting wellness programs as a way to help improve
employee health and productivity, reduce absenteeism, build a culture of
health within their organization and better manage health care costs. Wellness
Councils of America estimates that a $1 investment in a comprehensive wellness
program saves an average of $3 to $5 in health care costs.
“This year’s ‘Well Deserved’ award winners are leaders in improving the health
of their employees andtheir families while reducing health care costs,” said
Carol Calvin, RN, MS, CPQH, national director of UnitedHealthcare Health and
Wellness. “These employers are empowering their employees to make positive
health care decisions by providing innovative and creative ways to encourage a
healthy lifestyle. It’s an honor to recognize their notable achievements.”
The “Well Deserved” award program was designed to recognize employer customers
that have implemented successful wellness programs and to reinforce
UnitedHealthcare’s mission of helping people live healthier lives. An external
broker review panel reviewed and judged the applicants.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier
lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The
company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals,
employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and
other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million
people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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