American Water Wins Top Honor in Healthiest Employers Awards
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- American Water (NYS: AWK) , the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced it has been named the top-ranked Healthiest Employer in the Philadelphia Business Journal'sHealthiest Employers Awards. Honorees and category winners were recognized today at the 2013 Healthiest Employers Awards ceremony in Philadelphia, Pa.
American Water was the highest-ranking company in the category for businesses with more than 5,000 employees. The score was based on an online assessment tool that measured employee wellness programs in six key categories, including culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication, programming, and reporting and analysis.
"We're humbled to receive the top honor among so many other great companies; but the biggest compliment is knowing that our employees are living healthier lifestyles," said Peg Fenner-Gulledge, Health & Wellness Manager at American Water. "Our employees have really embraced the healthy culture we created and we will continue to encourage a workplace of good health at American Water."
This award is in recognition of American Water's health and wellness program, Healthy Solutions. The program includes access to a dedicated website, on which employees and their families can participate in a free, confidential health assessment, as well as get tools and tips about health, fitness, stress management and weight management. The program offers an annual biometric screening, scheduled wellness challenges throughout the year, and access to customized healthy living coaching programs including personal health coaches, as well as financial incentives and other rewards to employees for participation.
The first year engagement rate was 55 percent, while during year two, 68 percent of employees were engaged in the program. In addition, an increased number of family members are participating and eligible to receive prizes.
The Healthiest Employers Awards program recognizes organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. Award winners will be profiled in the Philadelphia Business Journal's special supplement on Fri., May 31.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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