CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc. and Edington Associates LLC are pleased to announce that the application submission period for the 2013 Edington Next Practice Awards will run from November 2 – December 7, 2012. The Next Practice Awards recognize organizations that are actively engaged in the pursuit of a healthy, high-performing workplace and workforce. The awards specifically acknowledge companies that demonstrate unique approaches to improving the wellbeing of workplaces and employees and excel in innovation and initiatives to keep employees well. Applicants of the Next Practice Awards are selected based on the five pillars of successful pursuit of achieving a healthy work environment: 1) Senior Leadership; 2) Operational Leadership; 3) Self Leadership; 4) Recognition and Rewards; 5) Quality Assurance. Dee Edington, Ph.D., and founder and chairman of Edington Associates LLC, offers, “Together with CBIZ, we are seeking from the business world the best examples in healthy workplaces, lifestyles and overall wellness. Taken together, the outcomes from these pillars benefit both the employee workforce and the organization from health care and financial positions.” Applicants are asked to complete an online pre-qualification survey proving progress/pursuit across all five pillars, which will be available at Edington Next Practice from November 1 – December 7, 2012. The survey must be completed by an employee of the applicant’s organization and one single submission will be accepted. Upon pre-qualification, approved applicants will be invited to submit an application and a short description of their outstanding, unique or innovative “next practice,” including organizational resources dedicated to the initiative, participation and engagement rates, related outcomes and supporting visual program materials. Submissions will be reviewed by Dee Edington and an independent team of expert judges in the field, including: Joel Bender, MD, Ph.D., FACOEM, Global Medical Director, U.S. Preventive Medicine; Jack Bastable, Executive Consultant, Wellbeing Leadership, CBIZ; John Burke, President of Burke Consulting; Wayne Burton, MD, Global Corporate Medical Director, American Express; Larry Catlett, Owner and Chief Medical Officer, Occupational Medical Consulting LLC; Gary Earl, Independent Advisory, Strategist, Speaker and Writer, formerly Vice President Health Transformation at United Healthcare; Ron Finch, Vice President, National Business Group on Health; Jerry Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Health; Tom Golaszewski, Ed.D., MS, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Science, SUNY at Brockport; Vilma Linares-Vaugh, Chief of Staff at 1199SEIU Health Workers East; Jennifer Pitts, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Edington Associates LLC Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Edington Associates LLC; Maria Prince, Medical Director, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Duane Putnam, Vice President, Business Development, Edington Associates LLC; Marcia Ridley, Vice President, Total Rewards and Chief Executive Officer, Vivacity; Neal Sofian, MSPH, Director of Member Engagement, Premera Blue Cross; Tom Welch, former Director of Payroll, Benefit and HRIS at PPG Industries; Barbara Wallace, President and CEO, Virginia Business Coalition of Health; and Chris Whipple, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health.