DUBLIN, Ohio, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Business Group on Health honored Cardinal Health with its Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award for its commitment to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging employees and their families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles. Cardinal Health received a platinum award for its Healthy Lifestyles program, a program that is part of the company's overarching benefits strategy to support the well-being and development of its employees. The platinum awards recognizes employers for established "healthy weight, healthy lifestyles" programs with measurable success and documented outcomes. "Our programs are focused on providing our employees with tools and resources and engaging them to lead a healthy life," said 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." The company's innovative approach to employee health incorporates work/life effectiveness initiatives, programs and incentives emphasizing wellness and prevention. The programs include consumer-driven health plans, education and awareness programs, disease management and wellness programs, enhanced work/life programs, flexible work pilot programs, financial savings plans and employee assistance programs. The Healthy Lifestyles program works to promote employees' 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. "We are very pleased to recognize Cardinal Health 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. "Cardinal Health and its management team should be proud of their dedication and recognizing the importance of promoting and maintaining a healthy workforce. We congratulate them on receiving this award." Cardinal Health received the 2012 Best Employers for Health Lifestyles Award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. This marks the second time the company has received the award. Cardinal Health had previously been awarded the Best Employers for Health Lifestyles Award at the gold and silver levels. About Cardinal Health Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $103 billionhealth care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter. About the National Business Group on Health The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 345 members include 64 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.