In recognition of Rhode Island employers’ successful efforts to advance employee wellness and build a healthier Rhode Island, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) together with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) distributed Worksite Health Awards to more than 70 local businesses. At the 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony, over 300 members of the business community were joined by firefighter turned health activist Rip Esselstyn to celebrate efforts to support thousands of local employees and their families in making healthier decisions. Learn more about the companies highlighted at the event in this month’s Rhode Island Monthly Worksite Health Award Special Insert.
“For the last twenty years, our Worksite Health Award winners have shown that health and fitness are essential components of a stronger workforce,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president & CEO of BCBSRI. “BCBSRI commends these organizations for finding smart, creative ways to implement wellness programs. They serve as bright examples of health and productivity for our entire community.”
“Twenty years after launching the Worksite Health Awards, we remain awed by the hard work and commitment of those who go through this process. We continue to see proof of the positive impact worksite wellness can have on employees and employers. By increasing morale and production, and decreasing healthcare costs and sick leave, worksite health programs are a win for all involved. We are once again delighted to partner with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to recognize more than 70 local businesses and hopefully inspire even more Rhode Island companies to join the program next year,” said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact that a supportive work community can have on people's health,” said Rip Esselstyn, keynote speaker and author of The Engine 2 Diet. “We should commend today’s honorees for taking real steps to support their employees’ wellness, and I hope this celebration prompts us all think more about lifestyle changes we can make at work and at home.”
All Rhode Island businesses are eligible to apply for Worksite Health Awards, which are awarded annually. Winners were selected based on the scale and impact of their health and wellness programs and health-oriented workplace policies after submitting proof of those programs. Some of the most impactful worksite offerings included smoking cessation programming, flu immunization clinics, blood pressure screenings and walking programs.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsri.com and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.
About the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is to foster the development of a positive and productive business climate for our community through economic development, business-to-business relationship building and effective public policies and government.
2014 Worksite Health Award Recipients
The following companies are the recipients of the 2014 Worksite Health Awards:
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Care New England/Women & Infants Hospital of RI
CharterCare Health Partners & Affiliates
DeWal Industries Inc.
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd.
Lifespan Corporate Services
Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
Navigant Credit Union
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Rhode Island Hospital/ Hasbro Children's Hospital
Rhode Island Housing
Rhode Island Medical Imaging
Rhode Island Quality Institute
Roger Williams University
South County Hospital Healthcare System
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
The Miriam Hospital
Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
Town of Smithfield
West Bay Residential Services, Inc.
West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
American Mathematical Society
Broker's Service Marketing Group, LLC
City of Warwick, Dept. of Tourism, Culture & Development
Coastway Community Bank
Crowne Plaza Hotel at The Crossings
Fellowship Health Resources, Inc.
Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island
Hope Global, A Division of NFA
Paul Masse Automotive Group
Pawtucket Credit Union
RI Zoological Society
Saint Elizabeth Community
South Kingstown School Department
Swarovski North America Limited
The Moore Company
Town of Narragansett
Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation
Newport Public Schools
Parkinson Technologies, Inc.
Pet Food Experts
Smithfield Public Schools
Town of Lincoln
Family Service of RI