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Sixth Annual National Employee Wellness Month Set For June 2014: More Than 200 Organizations Pledge Support To Engage Employees In Healthy Lifestyles

Leading Organizations Join Virgin Pulse, STOP Obesity Alliance, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork to Promote Workplace Wellness

Framingham, Mass. - (May 20, 2014)

National Employee Wellness Month will kick off in June, helping employers focus on engaging employees in healthier lifestyles. This year, more than 200 companies have pledged their support, joining sponsoring organizations Virgin Pulse,  the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork to demonstrate their commitment to engaging employees in healthy lifestyles.

Now in its sixth year, National Employee Wellness Month helps business leaders learn how companies successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. It showcases how companies can support employees by creating healthy cultures, improving their health and well-being while lowering healthcare costs and driving engagement. This year’s Proud Supporters of the campaign include some of the world’s largest employers. All Proud Supporters of National Employee Wellness Month have demonstrated a commitment to improving their employees’ lives by taking an active role in helping to create a healthy, engaged workforce.

National Employee Wellness Month’s supporting organizations include:

The A.I. Group, American College of Preventive Medicine, A.O. Smith, Acxiom Corporation, Aera Energy, AGCO, Alliant Energy, Alpine Bank, American Diabetes Association, American Institute for Cancer Research, American Public Media Group, American Society for Nutrition, Amplifon, Amscan Inc., AOL, Apogee, Arrow Electronics, Ascend Performance Materials, Ascende, Ascension Health, Aspect, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Austin Radiological Association, Avon, Balance Concierge, BBVA Compass, BD, Beaumont Health, Belmont University, BenchMark Senior Living, Best One Tire and Service, Bingham Greenbaum and Doll LLP, The Boston Beer Company, bswift, Canyon Ranch Institute, Carestream Health , CEI Engineering Associates, Inc., The Center for Health Care Services, Chandler Chicco Companies, CHARD SNYDER, Children’s of Alabama, Colonial Group International , Communispace, Community Health Accreditation Program, Community Health Charities, Complete Care Center, Conning, Continental Tire The Americas, CPS Energy, Cummins, Cyan, Cybex, Delta Air Lines, Diamond Resorts, Dignity Health, Discovery Communications, Dominos Pizza, Dr. Newton’s Naturals, EBSCO, EnPro, Epicor, Equifax, Exelis Inc., Fairchild Semiconductor, FedEx, Fender, Ferguson Enterprises, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc., Finish Line Medical and Non-Medical, First Horizon, FitBit, FitDesk, Frost Insurance, Fyda Freightliner, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgia Pacific, Gracepoint, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, Gregory & Appel, Greystar, Harborstone Credit Union, The Hartford, The Haskell Co., Harvey Building Products, Healthcare Leadership Council, Healthfirst, Healthways, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Hooper Holmes, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, Howard County Public School System, Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC, Hunter Douglas, Imery, Ingersoll Rand, Integrated Benefits Institute, InteraXon, Intuit, Jack in the Box, Jarden, Johns Manville, The Joint Corp,  KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation, KeHE, LegalShield, LifeCare, Louisville Water Company, Luxottica, M.B. Financial Bank, MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education College of Nursing at Villanova University, Maritz Motivation Solutions, Marriott, MeadWestvaco, meQuilibrium, Mercy Hospital, Michael Best and Friedrich, Midwestern University, Monarch Beverage, Montgomery College, Mutual Benefit Group, MVP Health Care, National Safety Council, Nationwide, Nature’s Way, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Norfolk Southern, NW Natural, Nypro Packaging, Obesity Action Coalition, The Obesity Society,  Ochsner Health System, The Ohio State University, OhioHealth, Old National Bancorp, OPRS, Oregon Medical Group, OWL – The Voice of Midlife and Older Women, Papa John’s, Party City, Paul Hastings LLP, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, PHH, Polar, Prairie State Generating Company, Protective Life, Putnam Investments, PVH Corp., Regions Financial, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., Resource Training & Solutions, Ryan, SAIF, Sapers & Wallack, Inc., SEI, Severn Trent Services, Smith & Nephew, South Shore Medical Center, Southwest Business Corporation, SpaFinder Wellness 365, Spalding County, St. Anthony’s Health System, St. Josephs Health System, Steiner Management Services, Sunbelt, Taylor Regional Hospital, Temco Service Industries, Texas Health Resources, The Tower Companies, TIAA-CREF, Tidel, TotalWellness, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Unilever, United Methodist Church/General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, United Services Automobile Association (USAA), United Supermarkets, L.L.C., Universal Formula, University Hospitals, University of Arizona, University of California, Davis, Valley View Hospital, Verallia, Verso Paper Corp., Veterans United Home Loans, vielife, Virgin America, Virgin Gaming, Virgin Hotels, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Produced, Visant, Walgreens, Wellness Connectors, Wellstar Health System, Western Connecticut Health Network, Willamette Dental Group, Women in Government, Workplace Options, WSI, Yale University.

Participating employers and employees are encouraged to promote at least one employee health activity in the workplace and share their success stories on social media. Photos and videos can be shared on Facebook and Twitter (tweet to @VirginPulse, hashtag #NEWM2014). In demonstration of good health, participants in last year’s National Employee Wellness Month competed in a physical activity challenge and averaged more than 9,600 steps per day, achieving more than 19 billion combined steps – enough to circle the globe more than 380 times.

For more information about National Employee Wellness Month, please visit www.nationalemployeewellnessmonth.com. The site includes resources, success stories, insights and information for employers that would like to participate.

ABOUT VIRGIN PULSE

Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, helps employers create a workforce with the energy, focus, and drive necessary to fully engage at work and in life. With its award-winning, online platform, the company fosters healthy daily habits and sustainable behavior change that help employees thrive at work and across all aspects of life. Unlike narrowly-focused employee health and engagement solutions, Virgin Pulse is a hub of consumer-focused strategies and innovative tools that set the foundation for a company’s engagement efforts. More than 250 industry leaders representing 1.5M+ employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s programs to reinvigorate their workplace. Learn more at virginhealthst.wpengine.com.

ABOUT THE STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME AND PREVENT (STOP) OBESITY ALLIANCE

The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of nearly 70 consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurer and quality-of-care organizations working to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity. The Alliance receives funding from founding sponsor, Sanofi. For more information, visit www.stopobesityalliance.org.

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP TO FIGHT CHRONIC DISEASE

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. For more information, visit http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/.

ABOUT WORLDATWORK®

The Total Rewards Association

WorldatWork (www.worldatwork.org) is a nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards — strategies to attract, motivate and retain an engaged and productive workforce. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education,certification, research, advocacy and community, enhancing careers of professionals and, ultimately, achieving better results for the organizations they serve. WorldatWork has more than 65,000 members and subscribers worldwide; 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork is affiliated with more than 70 local human resources associations and has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals® is the certifying body for six prestigious designations: the Certified Compensation Professional® (CCP®), Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®), Work-Life Certified Professional® (WLCP®), Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP)™ and Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)™.

The WorldatWork group of registered marks also includes: Alliance for Work-Life Progress or AWLP, workspan and WorldatWork Journal.