Thank you for joining us at the

23rd Annual Worksite Health Awards!

Worksite health matters!

Kim Keck
Kim Keck

As the state's largest health insurer, we're delighted to continue our partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce as co-sponsors of the 23rd annual Worksite Health Awards.

Like all of the companies participating in the Worksite Health Awards, at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, we understand the importance of helping our employees get healthy and stay healthy. Our own comprehensive wellness program, Rhodes to Well-being, incorporates every aspect of wellness. From the delicious plant-based choices in our cafeteria to our standing room only financial health seminars and mindfulness classes, we offer our associates many opportunities to embrace total well-being. Our partnership with Virgin Pulse, an innovative company built on a vision of a workforce that is engaged, productive, and resilient, has added an interactive social dimension to our worksite well-being initiatives.

When you read the inspiring profiles of award winners Hinckley Allen, Lifespan, and Paul Masse, you'll find a common thread: employees who are encouraged to take charge of their own health and wellness feel empowered – and valued. And studies show that a healthier workforce translates to a more committed, more engaged workforce. As Hinckley Allen Director of Human Resources Megan McCormack says, "Our employees are our most important asset. Making sure they are as healthy as possible is critical to our success."

Congratulations! I wish you all the greatest success on the journey to worksite health and wellness!

Kim Keck
President & CEO, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Getting to a healthier state

Laurie White

We are proud to once again partner with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for the 23rd annual Worksite Health Awards! Every year, it’s more and more rewarding to celebrate workplace health and wellness across our state. And every year, it becomes more apparent that the wellness of our state’s employers and employees is more representative of our state’s collective health.

On behalf of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce—and our business community—I’m proud to honor those local companies that are finding new and innovative ways to engage and encourage their employees to be as healthy as possible.

Wellness takes many forms. These days, it’s not just about physical fitness and nutrition, although both are obviously very important. It encompasses so much more, and employers have recognized that a more holistic approach works best when creating offerings for employees. Things like financial, spiritual, and mental health, work/life balance, social interaction, opportunities for community giving and volunteering, and many others are now the recipe for a dynamic and effective program. And all of those things benefit not only employees, but their families, friends, and the larger community in which we all live and work.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you for contributing to our healthier state!

Laurie White
President, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

Laurie White

Keynote address

Worksite Health Awards Keynote Address
Worksite Health Awards Keynote Address

Reaching new heights

Imagine being thousands of feet in the air, in the cockpit of an F15 fighter jet, while flying at hundreds of miles an hour. In that kind of environment, it’s obvious how success is measured. In that type of “office,” would your planning, business decision making, and thought processes be much different than they are today? You bet they would.

This was the main premise of the keynote address, given by Chris “Elroy” Stricklin. Chris is a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and also an executive consultant with Afterburner, Inc., a global management training and consulting firm staffed exclusively by elite military professionals including fighter pilots, Navy SEALs, and Special Forces.

Chris’ talk focused on a continuous improvement methodology called Flawless Execution, a simple and repeatable process based on proven military practices. He demonstrated how this process can help you quickly adapt to change, both at work and in your personal life, and in doing so create a positive balance that encourages success. Flawless Execution is a four-step process that can help you achieve that success and WIN.

Chris stressed that Flawless Execution is not about being perfect, but rather about being impeccable in your preparation and planning to achieve the best outcomes.

Local partners

These local partners were on-hand to provide demonstrations, tips, and information that inspired attendees to stay healthy inside and out, from fitness, to emotional health, to nutrition.

Virgin Pulse

Virgin Pulse is an award-winning online wellness platform now available to Blue Cross customers. Through their site and easy-to-use app, employers and members have innovative tools at their fingertips to help create and deepen their wellness culture at work, increase productivity, and boost overall wellness through increased activity, better nutrition, and being more engaged in all aspects of their health.


Visit with BoldrDash to find your bold! BoldrDash is an obstacle course/race designed to unleash your inner child and promote team-building while helping local charities raise funds and awareness. Structured to provide a challenge to both beginners and elite athletes, BoldrDash fosters healthy competition, teamwork, and a sense of pride from accomplishing a goal you might not think is possible.

Happier Inc.

Learn and practice simple habits to increase your well-being through Happier’s learning and digital platform. Hundreds of thousands have used their award-winning mobile app and online courses, and participated in the Happier at Work programs led by founder and CEO Nataly Kogan, a nationally recognized expert in wellness, innovation, and happiness. Nataly helps U.S. companies of all sizes create happier, more productive, and more creative workplaces.


Nourishment can take many forms. bnourished offers holistic nutrition and wellness to people who take care of business (as well as everything and everyone else) at the expense of their own well-being. They offer presentations to companies looking to help their employees thrive. Learn effective and empowering strategies about mastery over food, time, and thought.

Wellness Program

Put wellness to work for your business!

We hope these stories will encourage you to start a worksite wellness program at your company or be an active wellness participant!

If you’d like help getting started, Blue Cross can customize a program that meets your needs. Learn more about our new wellness program, powered by Virgin Pulse. Contact Daniel Xavier, Director of Specialty Products, at (401) 459-1255 or

2017 Award Recipients

The following Rhode Island businesses have taken healthy steps to improve their employees' health and received Worksite Health Awards at our June 8 ceremony.

  • Exemplary Winners


    Amica Insurance


    Beacon Mutual Insurance Co.

    Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

    Brown University

    Bryant University

    Child & Family Services Human Resources & Wellness Division

    City of Warwick

    Coastway Community Bank

    Cooley Group

    CVS Health

    DeWAL Industries, Inc.

    Dominion Diagnostics, LLC.


    FM Global

    General Dynamics

    Electric Boat

    Gilbane, Inc.

    Hasbro, Inc.

    Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

    Hinckley Allen

    Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. LTD

    Kenyon Industries, Inc.

    Bradley Hospital

    Gateway Healthcare

    Lifespan Corporate Services

    Lifespan Physician Group

    Lifespan School Solutions

    Newport Hospital

    Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital

    The Miriam Hospital

    Meeting Street

    Navigant Credit Union

    Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

    Pawtucket Credit Union

    Preventure LLC

    Providence College

    Raytheon Company - Integrated Defense Systems

    Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc. (RIPIN)

    Rhode Island Quality Institute

    Rhode Island Zoological Society

    Saint Elizabeth Community

    South County Health

    St. Mary's Home for Children

    Taco Comfort Solutions

    The Moore Company

    The Washington Trust Company

    Thielsch Engineering, Inc.

    Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

    West Bay Residential Services

    Westbay Community Action, Inc.


  • Superior Winners

    Alex and Ani

    American Mathematical Society

    AstroNova, Inc.

    Cadence, Inc.

    ChemArt Company

    Equity National Title & Closing Services Inc.

    Glencore Recycling, LLC

    Modine Manufacturing Company

    Ocean State Job Lot

    Paul Masse Automotive Group

    Pet Food Experts, Inc.

    UA Local 51 Plumbers & Pipefitters

    Rhode Island Airport Corporation

    Rhode Island Blood Center

    Rhode Island Housing

    Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust

    Rocky Hill School

    "Roger Williams University Simply Wellness"

    Schneider Electric Sustainable YOU

    The StayFit Plan

    Town of Smithfield

    Tri-Mack Plastics Mfg. Corp.

  • Outstanding Winners

    Amtrol, Inc.

    Living in Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc.

    People's Credit Union

    Providence Community Health Centers, Inc.

    The Original Bradford Soap Works, Inc.

    Town of East Greenwich

    WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care

  • Achievement Winners

    Crossroads Rhode Island

    Elite Physical Therapy

    Town of Lincoln