UnitedHealthcare has presented 12 organizations with the “Well Deserved” award for 2011, an annual honor given to employers who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to helping their employees improve their health and well-being through worksite wellness programs.
Fifty percent of a person’s health status is a result of behavior and the choices made every day with respect to physical and emotional well-being, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of effective workplace programs and policies may reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for millions of workers in the United States, while reducing health care costs to individuals and employers.
More businesses are adopting wellness programs as a way to 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 in health care costs.
Among the 2011 winners, three employers have won the “Well Deserved” award for two consecutive years. In recognition of these organizations’ ongoing commitment to employee health and well-being, UnitedHealthcare presented them with a Golden Apple award to honor this multiyear distinction.
The following organizations earned the “Well Deserved” Golden Apple award: Mary Kay Inc., Dallas; Meredith Corp., Des Moines, Iowa; and Meritage Homes, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Other 2011 “Well Deserved” award winners were:
“This year’s ‘Well Deserved’ award winners have developed onsite wellness programs that demonstrate a true commitment to supporting their employees’ health and offer programs and resources that help employees take a more active role in ther health and well-being,” said Carol Calvin, RN, MS, CPQH, national director of UnitedHealthcare Health and Wellness. “Employers that empower their employees to make positive health care decisions are playing a critical role in improving our health care system and creating a healthier nation.”
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 using widely accepted guidelines for effective worksite programs 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 more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.