The National Business Group on Health has recognized Chrysler Group LLC as one of the nation’s leading corporations for innovative programs promoting a healthy workplace. Chrysler was among 66 employers that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award. This is the second consecutive year and the third time in the past six years that Chrysler has received this recognition. Chrysler is the only automaker to receive this award in 2010.
The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award recognizes employers that have truly embraced a culture of wellness and are working collaboratively to improve their employees' health, productivity and quality of life. This year, Chrysler received a Silver Medal award for its comprehensive wellness programs. The company accepted the award at the National Business Group on Health’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
“Chrysler is extremely proud to be recognized for its commitment to providing a healthy workplace and improving our employees’ health and well-being,” said Nancy A. Rae, senior vice president for human resources, Chrysler Group LLC. "This award validates our invested efforts in our employee wellness programs and shows that we never lost focus on what's really important – the well-being of our employees – even through challenging economic times."
“Employers all across the nation are recognizing just how important a healthy workplace and a healthy workforce are to improving productivity as well as controlling health care costs,” said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health. “The 66 employers that we are recognizing this year exemplify the kind of innovation and commitment that’s possible to providing lifestyle improvement programs which encourage healthier lifestyles for employees and families.”
The Chrysler-UAW National Wellness Program was implemented in 1985 for both represented and non-represented employees and is focused on promoting a healthier workplace, healthy life styles and reducing the risk of illness and chronic disease. The program is comprised of services offered in a wide range of formats, including health assessments, biometric screenings, workshops, campaigns and health coaching. Program topics are selected based on health assessments and screening results, disability data and employee interests. Incentives linked to wellness activities are used to increase employee participation.
"Our leadership teams are convinced that supporting improvement of the heath and well being of our members is vital to developing the world class work environments that will support a successful and sustainable company and union for the future," said General Holiefield, UAW vice president and director the UAW Chrysler Department. "On behalf of our members, we are proud to receive this recognition."