Winners of the 5th Annual “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established “Healthy Weight, Healthy Lifestyles” programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for employers who have launched programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle. Among the noteworthy accomplishments:
- As a testament to the increased value employers place on workplace health and wellness programs, the number of award-winning employers in 2009 (a total of 63) grew by 21 percent compared to 2008 when 52 employers were recognized. The 2009 tally is nearly triple the first-year number of employers, 22, who were recognized by NBGH in 2005.
- Of the 17 large employers achieving Platinum-level recognition, seven are first-time award winners. Of these, two are first-time applicants. A recurring theme of this year's Platinum-award level winners is a corporate-wide culture of health and specific commitment to improving employees' well-being through healthy choices.
Baptist Health South Florida
Campbell Soup Company
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC Health Plan
Volvo Group Companies including Mack Trucks, Inc.
American Specialty Health Incorporated
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Chrysler Group LLC
General Dynamics Electric Boat
The Boeing Company
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Cardinal Health, Inc.
H. J. Heinz Company
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Michelin North America
PRO Sports Club
Texas Health Resources
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Home Depot
Watson Wyatt Worldwide
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company