McKesson Corporation, one of our clients, was awarded a 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Platinum Award. This series of awards is presented by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), a non-profit membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions for essential healthcare issues. The awards are considered a proven standard for recognizing exceptional employee wellness programs and companies that are making health and wellness a top priority.
In 2012, 78 percent of McKesson employees completed three times as many wellness activities as a traditional program. Moreover, of that 78 percent, nearly half completed five times more wellness activities.
Suntel Services was recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. SunTel Services was recognized as a Gold Level recipient for offering employees physical activity support, providing healthy eating options at the worksite, promoting a wellness culture and implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
Fox Rothschild LLP was featured as one of the Healthiest Employers in South Florida in the May 31, 2012 edition of the South Florida Business Times for its "Fox Fit & Well" and "Destination: You" initiatives that are aimed at improving employee health and wellness.
The firm partnered with The Vitality Group to introduce a tailored program designed to set individualized goals while focusing on verifiable activities and outcomes. This program, "Fox Fit & Well", not only includes everyone at the firm, but also family members of employees.
Since 2011, participation rates for "Fox Fit & Well" have increased from 30 to 47 percent. The number of participants classified as "overweight" has fallen 5 percent, high blood pressure by 2.2 percent, high total cholesterol by 1.4 percent and impaired glucose by 1.5 percent.
The Vitality health and wellness program is hard at work at Alcon, the global eye care leader, targeting individual health behavior and addressing all of the clinically documented drivers of health risk. The program customizes a health enhancement plan for each participant that addresses specific health characteristics and risk factors, then verifies and rewards positive change with appropriate incentives.
The percentage of Alcon employees participating in verified fitness activities has progressively increased each year over the three years since adoption of Vitality, reaching nearly 50 percent in 2010. Without active wellness intervention, individuals in employer populations typically transition over time into higher risk categories. In contrast, Alcon’s employees moved into lower risk levels for a multitude of conditions. For example, over half of the employees who were “high risk” in 2008 for high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure moved to “moderate” or “low risk” in 2010.
Healthier employees translate directly to a healthier bottom line for Alcon. In 2010 alone, the company saved an astounding $1.5 million in medical and pharmacy claims.
In recognition of their exceptional efforts, Alcon was awarded the 2011 C. Everett Koop National Health Award for demonstrating validated population health improvement and reducing medical costs.