Hannaford, Meijer Among Companies Honored for H&W Programs

Hannaford Supermarkets and Meijer, Inc. were two of the 63 large businesses that the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) honored as “2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles,” for their commitment to healthier workplaces. The companies were recognized last night at the NBGH’s Joint Summit of the Institutes on Health Care Costs and Solutions & the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity in Arlington, Va.

“The 2009 class of award-winners is the largest ever, with companies demonstrating an unprecedented breadth and depth of programs to support employee health and wellness,” noted LuAnn Heinen, VP of Washington-based NBGH. “More than ever, employers are making investments that should pay substantial dividends over the long term.”

Winners of the 5th Annual “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established “Healthy Weight, Healthy Lifestyles” programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; Gold, for making cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for employers who have introduced programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

Among the retail industry winners were:
--Platinum: Hannaford, Campbell Soup Co., PepsiCo
--Gold: CVS Caremark, General Mills, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
--Silver: H. J. Heinz Company, Meijer, Target, Unilever, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
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