Monday, June 14, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is among 66 employers nationwide receiving the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles today at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being in Washington, D.C. Mayo Clinic is receiving the Platinum Award for the first time due to the efforts of its healthy living programs and ability to continue improving and adding innovation year after year. Sixteen other employers are receiving this award at the Platinum status.
The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit organization of large employers, initiated the awards six years ago to honor those organizations that demonstrate a commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging healthy lifestyles for employees and their families. Mayo Clinic is one of five employers that have been recognized as an employer promoting healthy lifestyles since the program commenced in 2005.
"We are very pleased to receive this award," says Kerry Olsen, M.D., chair of the Wellness Executive Committee. "It reflects Mayo Clinic's strong commitment to the health of its employees and recognizes the ongoing success of many wellness programs and activities that have contributed to establishing a culture of healthy living at Mayo."
Mayo Clinic has many health promotion programs that help its employees achieve the best quality of life possible by promoting health and wellness resources available to employees. By utilizing the many existing resources, employees can access programs directly related to their individual health situations. Programs and activities at the Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Employee and Community Health initiatives and LiveWell health resources work together to focus on healthy lifestyle choices and help employees connect with the appropriate programs, tools and support. These include: on-site resources and programs at Mayo Clinic employee wellness facilities, nutrition education, employee food services, health fairs, the Employee Assistance Program, the Nicotine Dependency Center, collaboration with community health and wellness organizations, telephonic and Web-based resources, as well as print communication.
The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award acknowledges and rewards those employers that recognize the need to improve their employees' health and quality of life. The program serves as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action by providing the resources employees need to be healthy.
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