The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, honored Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY) for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging its workers and their families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Healthways received the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Platinum Award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-Being. Healthways was recognized for its Move to Health employee engagement program. This marks the first year Healthways has received the Platinum Award after receiving Gold award recognition for three consecutive years. Platinum Award recipients are honored for established healthy weight, healthy lifestyles programs with measurable success and documented outcomes.
“We are very pleased to recognize Healthways for its ongoing commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees,” said Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “Healthways and its management team should be proud for their dedication and recognizing the importance of promoting and maintaining a healthy workforce. We congratulate them on receiving this award.”
A growing number of employers are recognizing the benefits of improved well-being through lower costs and improved productivity. Healthways offers Move to Health to all its colleagues and family members regardless of health plan participation and focuses on improving physical, social and emotional well-being while making the healthy choice, the easy choice.Move to Health provides participants a full range of personalized programs, robust incentives and communications and preventive tools, including a health assessment and screening; individualized health coaching for risks and chronic conditions; online fitness and nutrition plans; weight management and tobacco cessation programs; and free access to fitness centers nationwide. Three years of tracked outcomes data for Move to Health participants confirms the effectiveness of the program. Medical and pharmacy costs were stable over the three year period, while utilization of nicotine products decreased by 30 percent. Participants at risk for high cholesterol and high glucose decreased by 26 percent and 37 percent, respectively, while weight increase risk decreased by 4 percent despite the increasing average age of participants.
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