The National Business Group on Health has honored 66 U.S. employers for their ongoing commitment to promoting healthy work environments and encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles. The honored employers, including 15 first-time winners, were presented with “2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” awards at the NBGH’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Now in its eighth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards program annually acknowledges those employers that have responded to the urgent need to improve their employees’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to encourage all employers to take action.

“With health care benefit costs continuing to rise at unacceptable levels, more and more employers are focusing on health improvement programs at the workplace — and with good reason,” NBGH President and CEO Helen Darling said at the awards presentation. “One of the keys to controlling costs is to keep employees and their families healthy. All of the employers we are recognizing this year are fully committed to offering innovative workplace programs that encourage employees and their families to take control of their health and live healthier lifestyles.”

Winners of the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; and Gold, for making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs that support employees’ healthy lifestyle goals.

The organization also presented inaugural awards to companies in four special areas: stress management, communication tactics, family engagement and community outreach.

For the full list of 2012 NBGH honorees, click here.

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