PHILADELPHIA, May 13 The National Business Groupon Health (NBGH), a national non-profit organization of large employers, todaynamed GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a leader in providing a healthy workplace andpromoting a healthy lifestyle for employees and their families.
GSK was among 52 employers to receive the Best Employers for HealthyLifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National BusinessGroup on Health's Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. GSKreceived a Platinum Award -- the highest honor -- for its commitment tofostering a culture that supports healthy high performance.
"GSK's mission is to help people do more, feel better, and live longer,"said Ann Kuhnen, Vice President, Employee Health Management US. "To accomplishthis with our employees and their families, our goal is to design programs andcommunication plans that support them in adopting healthy lifestyle practicesand making informed healthcare decisions."
Putting Employee Health in a National Context
The United States faces an enormous challenge in reforming its healthcaresystem. But systemic solutions cannot be implemented without addressing theunderlying cause of the current healthcare crisis: the epidemic of chronicdiseases, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease and their complications.
These diseases are increasingly preventable, and largely treatable, yetthey account for the vast majority of healthcare spending. In fact, $3 ofevery $4 spent on healthcare in the US(1) goes to treating the 45% ofAmericans(2) with at least one chronic disease. That astonishing statisticonly includes treatment; the economic impact of chronic diseases, includingtreatment and lost productivity, was $1.3 trillion in 2003.(3)
"The United States runs the risk of losing its competitive edge to theepidemic of chronic diseases," said GSK's Christopher Viehbacher, President,US Pharmaceuticals. "Employers can play a major role in developing ahealthier, more competitive workforce by designing health benefits thatencourage the prevention and better management of chronic diseases and theircostly complications. This is one of the guiding principles of GSK's US healthinitiatives."
Energy, Resilience, and Healthy High Performance
GSK is committed to helping employees and their families live healthier,more productive lives. This award recognizes the range of tools and programsto support nutrition, physical activity, and other healthy choices offeredthrough GSK's TotalReward benefits or on-site through Employee HealthManagement, and highlights GSK's commitment to offer healthy food choicesthrough food service providers.
GSK submitted a case study on long-term behavior change from the recentlylaunched "Energy for Performance" initiative which was piloted in USPharmaceuticals. Employee Health Management, in partnership with CorporateLeadership and Organizational Development, launched this innovative programthat links energy and resilience with GSK's leadership development frameworkso that employees are healthy, energetic, and fully engaged both at work andat home for sustainable, healthy high performance.
"We are very pleased to honor GlaxoSmithKline for their innovation andcommitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encouragehealthier lifestyles for their employees," said Helen Darling, President ofthe NBGH. "GSK and its management team should be proud of both theirinitiatives and ongoing support of helping employees to choose a healthier wayof life."
Now in its fourth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awardsacknowledge and reward those employers that recognize the urgent need toimprove their workers' health, productivity, and quality of life. Theunderlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage allemployers to take action.
Winners of the Best E