Thursday, June 28, 2012
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic as a three-site organization (Arizona, Florida and Minnesota) is among 66 employers nationwide receiving the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles, 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 second time because of its healthy living programs and ability to continue improving and innovating. Twenty-nine other employers are receiving the Platinum award.
The National Business Group on Health , a nonprofit organization of large employers, initiated the awards eight years ago to honor organizations that demonstrate a commitment to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging healthy lifestyles for employees and their families. This is the seventh year Mayo Clinic has been recognized as an employer promoting healthy lifestyles since the program began in 2005.
"Receiving this award is a great honor," says Karen Ytterberg, M.D., chair of the Mayo Clinic Employee Wellness Committee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.. "It recognizes the commitment Mayo Clinic has made to the health of its employees and celebrates the ongoing success of many wellness programs and activities that have established 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 utilizing existing resources, employees can access programs directly related to their individual health situations.
Employers can apply for one of two award levels:
Platinum, organizations with established workplace well-being programs and that have documented measurable outcomes and success; and Gold, organizations that develop cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are dedicated to long-term behavior changes.
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