RI Businesses Earn Healthy Workplace Awards from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

(5.23.2012)
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PROVIDENCE, RI  – In an effort to applaud and recognize the great work employers are doing to keep employees healthy and well, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) together with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) distributed Worksite Health Awards to 84 deserving Rhode Island companies.    At the 18th Annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony, several hundred members of the Rhode Island business community gathered to celebrate their collective efforts at improving the health and wellness of thousands of Rhode Island employees and their families.

“It’s not always easy to find time for regular exercise and healthy eating habits when you’re trying to balance a full-time work schedule and family demands, but not finding the time has unhealthy consequences,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO of BCBSRI.  “That’s one of the reasons that healthy workplace environments are essential to the health and well-being of Rhode Island employees and their families.  Our award winners truly go the extra mile to provide their employees with programs that make health a priority within their organizations.”

“Fit employees are less tired and more focused,” said Laurie White, president of the GPCC.  “They don’t get sick as often, which cuts down on absenteeism and healthcare expenses. Equally important, if employees feel better, they’re happier and less stressed, which makes for a better work environment. It’s good business and good for Rhode Island.”  

Pete Thomas, the Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC's “The Biggest Loser,” was the keynote speaker for the event. Having maintained his 185 lb. weight loss for seven years, Thomas is now a full-time motivational speaker and corporate wellness consultant who teaches and coaches others on nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.
    
To qualify for the award, companies submitted applications and proof of the number and variety of health and wellness programs offered to employees as well as proof of workplace policies that encourage healthy environments. Application responses were scored, and companies placed in Exemplary, Superior, Outstanding and Achievement categories.  Some of the most common worksite offerings included smoking cessation programming, flu immunization clinics, blood pressure screenings, and walking programs.  All Rhode Island businesses are eligible for Worksite Health Awards, which are awarded annually.  

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members.  The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  For more information, visit BCBSRI.com and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

The mission of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is to foster the development of a positive and productive business climate for our community through economic development, business-to-business relationship building and effective public policies and government.

(Please note: A list of the 2012 award winners follows, organized by company location.)
 
2012 Worksite Health Award Recipients
The following companies are the recipients of the 2012 Worksite Health Awards:  

Bristol
Roger Williams University, Exemplary
Town Of Bristol, Outstanding

Bristol & Warren    
Bristol Warren Regional School District, Outstanding

Burrillville    
Pascoag Utility District, Superior

Charlestown    
Kenyon Industries, Inc., Superior

Coventry    
Coventry Public Schools, Outstanding
Town of Coventry, Outstanding

Cranston    
Taco, Inc., Exemplary
Swarovski North America Limited, Superior
Coastway Community Bank, Outstanding
Hospital Association of Rhode Island, Outstanding

Cumberland        
Hart Engineering Corporation, Superior
Pet Food Experts Inc., Superior
TriLiteral, LLC, Achievement

East Providence        
RI Medical Imaging Inc., Exemplary
Gripnail, Achievement
Scott Brass, Achievement
        
Exeter and W. Greenwich
Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District, Superior
        
Hopkinton
Hi-Tech Profiles, Outstanding
        
Johnston    
AIPSO, Exemplary
FM Global, Exemplary
American Cord & Webbing, Achievement
        
Lincoln    
The Amica Companies, Exemplary
Bryant University, Exemplary
Town of Lincoln, Superior
        
Narragansett    
Town of Narragansett, Outstanding
        
Newport    
Bank Newport, Exemplary
Newport Public Schools, Superior
        
North Kingstown    
General Dynamics Electric Boat, Exemplary
Toray Plastics (America), Exemplary
Advanced Pharmacy Concepts, Outstanding
Scalabrini Villa Health Care Center, Outstanding
        
Pawtucket    
Cooley Group, Exemplary
Gateway Healthcare Inc., Superior
Pawtucket Credit Union, Superior
        
Portsmouth    
Raytheon Company, Exemplary
        
Providence    
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Exemplary
Brown University, Exemplary
CharterCare Health Partners, Exemplary
Coastal Medical, Inc., Exemplary
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, Exemplary
Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co, Inc., Exemplary
Lifespan Corporate Services, Exemplary
Narragansett Bay Commission, Exemplary
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Exemplary
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, Exemplary
Providence College, Exemplary
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, Exemplary
Rhode Island Housing, Exemplary
The Health and Wellness Institute, Exemplary
Rhode Island Convention Center, Superior
Rhode Island Quality Institute, Superior
The Wheeler School, Superior
Gilbane, Outstanding
Day One, Achievement
Moran Shipping Agencies, Achievement
Providence Children's Museum, Achievement
    
Smithfield    
Town of Smithfield, Exemplary
Navigant Credit Union, Achievement
Smithfield Public Schools, Achievement
        

South Kingstown    
South County Hospital Healthcare Systems, Exemplary
South Kingstown School Department, Superior
Town of South Kingstown, Achievement

Tiverton    
Tiverton School Department, Outstanding
        
Warwick    
Concentra Urgent Care, Exemplary
Eaton Corp., Exemplary
IMT Services, Exemplary
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, Exemplary        
City of Warwick, Superior
West Bay Residential Services Inc., Superior
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Outstanding
Rhode Island Airport Corporation, Outstanding
D'Ambra Construction Co., Inc., Achievement
        
West Warwick    
West View Health Care Center, Exemplary
Town of West Warwick, Achievement
        
Westerly    
Apple Rehab Watch Hill, Exemplary
Westerly Hospital, Exemplary
The Moore Company, Superior

Woonsocket    
CVS Caremark, Exemplary
Hasbro Inc., Exemplary
City of Woonsocket, Superior
Parkinson Technologies Inc., Achievement
Summer Infant, Achievement
 

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