Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Invites Businesses to Apply for 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards Awards Recognize Local Business’ Efforts to Promote Employee Health

PROVIDENCE, RI (February 7, 2014) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode
Island (BCBSRI) announced that the call for applications for the 20th
Annual Worksite Health Awards, which recognize Rhode Island companies with
successful workplace wellness programs, is open now through Friday,
February 28.

In partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, BCBSRI
invites Rhode Island businesses to apply for a Worksite Health Award. All
Rhode Island companies are eligible, including small (100 or fewer
employees) and large businesses (over 100 employees), and applicants must
demonstrate exceptional health and wellness programs and health-oriented
workplace policies. Winning companies will be honored at a ceremony on May
28 and profiled in a special section of Rhode Island Monthly magazine.

“As an insurer and as one of Rhode Island’s largest employers ourselves,
BCBSRI understands the real value in creating healthier workplaces,” said
Michael Hudson, Chief Financial Officer for BCBSRI. “A commitment to eating
well, exercise and work life balance doesn’t just make employees happier
and healthier, it is good overall business sense and helps the state drive
down healthcare costs.”

“Employees are one of a company’s most valuable assets and studies have
shown that keeping them healthy can have numerous benefits to business –
including increases in productivity,” said Laurie White, president of the
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. “The Worksite Health Awards are an
opportunity for employers to come together to celebrate and learn from best
practices while showcasing the advances being made every day to improve the
health and wellbeing of Rhode Islanders at work.”

In 2013, 75 local companies received Worksite Health Awards. In the past,
the most impactful worksite offerings have included smoking cessation
programming, flu immunization clinics, blood pressure screenings and
walking programs.

Interested businesses can find more detail and apply online at
BCBSRI.com/WorksiteHealth.

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