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CVS, Cardinal recognized for workplace wellness
July 3rd, 2012
NEW YORK – CVS Caremark Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc. have been honored with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards by the National Business Group on Health.
Both companies announced this week that they were selected as Platinum winners for the annual award, now in its eighth year. The award honors employers that have responded to the need to improve their workforce's health, productivity and quality of life.
CVS Caremark said Tuesday that it was recognized for its wellness program, which was cited as a role model for other companies aiming to improve employee health, productivity and well-being. The company's WellRewards program includes biometric screenings, health risk assessment and rewards, which employees earn each time they take a simple step to improve their well-being, such as getting a preventive screening or flu shot, or joining a smoking cessation, weight-loss, EAP or maternity program.
"As a pharmacy innovation company, we know our colleagues are our greatest asset and we are committed to their health, careers and well-being," Lisa Bisaccia, senior vice president and chief human resources cfficer at CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "We are excited to be recognized, and we thank the National Business Group on Health for this honor."
Cardinal Health said Monday that it received the award for its benefits strategy to support the well-being and development of its employees. The platinum awards recognize employers for established "healthy weight, healthy lifestyles" programs with measurable success and documented outcomes, according to the company.
The Healthy Lifestyles program promotes employee well-being by maintaining health through work/life effectiveness resources, self-check guides, web-based tools, screenings and preventive care; improving health and reducing risk through biometric screenings, health assessments and coaching; and managing health and chronic conditions through condition management, wellness programs and nurse advocates, Cardinal said.
"Our programs are focused on providing our employees with tools and resources and engaging them to lead a healthy life," stated Carole Watkins, chief human resources officer at Cardinal Health. "We're honored to be recognized by the National Business Group on Health for the success we've achieved with our progressive work in our Healthy Lifestyles initiative."
CVS and Cardinal were presented with their Platinum awards at the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.