HARTFORD, Conn. – Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced that it has received a Platinum Award as 2013 Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles from the National Business Group on Health. Since the recognition program began in 2005, Aetna has received the platinum award seven times and the gold award once for establishing “healthy weight, healthy lifestyles” programs with measurable documented outcomes.
“At Aetna, we believe promoting healthy lifestyles in the workplace is an investment in our employees and our business,” said Deanna Fidler, Aetna’s senior vice president and head of Human Resources. “We are committed to developing new and innovative ways to help our employees, their families and our customers live healthier lives.”
Aetna offers employees and their families an assortment of wellness programs and tools to educate and motivate them to make better decisions about their health. These include:
- Get Active Aetna, a popular 16-week wellness program that offers prizes to motivate employees to eat healthy and exercise;
- Healthy Lifestyles Incentive program, which offers financial incentives for exercising and eating healthy;
- Metabolic Syndrome program, which measures employees’ risk for certain conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes; and
- Virtual Wellness Center, a computer-based resource that offers a virtual kitchen and a virtual fitness center, where animated instructors lead workouts that vary by intensity.
Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: “We are proud to honor Aetna for its ongoing commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees. Aetna is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promoting healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Aetna and its management team should be proud of their commitment to their program and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”
The 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were announced at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being.
About National Business Group
The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 364 members include 68 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.