Humana and HumanaVitality sponsored the first annual Illinois’ Healthiest Employer awards, presented by Crain’s Custom Media. The award ceremony on Nov. 7 honored five organizations that have a proven commitment to workplace wellness.
“As a leading health and well-being company, Humana is proud to sponsor the first-annual Illinois’ Healthiest Employer awards,” said Jeff Schmidt, market practice leader for Humana Illinois. “Our hope is that through these awards, other companies will be inspired to create wellness programs within their own organizations and impact their employees in a positive way.”
Applicants answered questions online about their corporate wellness programs, and submissions were evaluated in six key categories. Each of the winners demonstrates innovation and leadership within employee wellness programs:
- Ottawa Dental Laboratory (5 – 99 full-time employees)
- Centro Media Inc. (100 – 499 full-time employees)
- Duke Realty (500 – 1,499 full-time employees)
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America (1,500 – 4,999 full-time employees)
- Navistar, Inc. (5,000+ full-time employees)
“Research indicates that half of a person’s health is determined by the lifestyle choices that he or she makes,” said David Denor, director of Crain’s Custom Media at Crain’s Chicago Business. “All of the companies represented during the awards program understand this idea and are doing their best to help their employees make healthier decisions.”
All submissions for the award are reviewed independently by Healthiest Employer LLC, a company dedicated to measuring wellness programming among today’s employers. The online assessment form was developed by representatives from the wellness, medical, higher education, research, not-for-profit and government communities.
“Health and wellness programs are no longer a ‘nice to have’ for employers. They are a crucial component of ensuring employees are healthier, happier and more productive,” said Joe Woods, CEO of HumanaVitality. “That is why we designed HumanaVitality, which offers a personalized approach to health and wellness programs.”