Texas Health Resources Recognized for Promoting Healthy Employee Lifestyles
06/30/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health.

Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award

The award recognizes the nation’s leading corporations for innovative programs that promote a healthy workplace and for helping employees and their families make better choices about their health and well-being.

Texas Health was among 63 employers nationally to receive the award this year. It was presented June 24 in Washington D.C., during the Joint Summit of the Institutes on Health Care Costs and Solutions & the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity.

“At Texas Health, our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve, and our community begins right here, within the Texas Health family,” said Texas Health Resources CEO Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE. “We are so proud to be recognized for making the health and wellness of our employees a top priority.”

Texas Health employs more than 18,000 people in North Texas. Its wellness program, called Be Healthy, emphasizes awareness, healthy lifestyle choices, and disease prevention. Each year, employees are invited to complete a health risk assessment and are given a $100 award for doing so. Additional awards are given for getting a physical, lab panel, various health screenings, or for taking a stress assessment.

Employees also have access to multiple other wellness opportunities, including discounted memberships to Weight Watchers at Work and local fitness centers, a smoking cessation program, and an Employee Assistance Program. Texas Health employees also may choose to participate in a number of health fairs throughout the year, and they have the opportunity to participate in company-wide wellness and fitness contests.

“As one of 63 companies recognized this year for their employee health and wellness programs, Texas Health is at the vanguard of a national movement to promote a system-wide culture of health emphasizing prevention, exercise, and eating right,” said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. “More than ever, a healthy workforce is critical to helping America’s large employers compete in the global marketplace. Texas Health is to be applauded for making health and wellness an integral part of their workplace.”

Now in its fifth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards recognize those employers that have truly embraced a culture of wellness and are working collaboratively to improve their workers’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established programs with measurable outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for those employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit, membership organization of large employers — including 60 of the Fortune 100 — devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information about the NBGH, visit businessgrouphealth.org.