Brazil`s Alberto Ogata among World-Class Judges for First Global Healthy Workplace Awards

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:00am EST

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* Health experts from five continents to serve as judges 
* Awards based, for first time, on WHO Workplace Guidelines 
* Cigna Foundation sponsoring search for world`s healthiest workplaces

LONDON & PHILADELPHIA--(Business Wire)--
Alberto Ogata, president of the Brazilian Association of Quality of Life, is
among renowned health experts from five continents who will serve as judges for
the first-ever Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit. Amid an aging global
workforce and the increasing costs and productivity declines that stem from poor
health, the Awards and Summit is a search for the healthiest workplaces in the
world - those where programs and practices are making the biggest impact on the
health and well-being of employees and their surrounding communities.
Alberto Ogata will be among the judges at the first Global Healthy Workplace
Awards and Summit, sponsored by the Cigna Foundation. (Photo: Business Wire)

Sponsored by the Cigna Foundation, The Global Healthy Workplace Awards and
Summit will be held April 10-12 in London at the Waldorf Hotel. Worldwide
workplace health program submissions are being reviewed by the international
panel of health leaders. The judges will recognize the healthiest workplaces
that other employers can learn from and replicate in their own environment. 

"We have been making significant strides here in Brazil with regard to raising
the awareness of investing in employee health and quality of life and we are
increasingly seeing this becoming a real business issue. Our main challenge
remains driving innovative and effective programs with comprehensive and
strategic approaches," Ogata said. 

Other judges include Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, a senior lecturer at the University
of Cape Town, South Africa; Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American
Public Health Association; Dame Carol Black, UK National Director for Health and
Work and chairman of the Nuffield Trust; and Annie Ling, director of the Adult
Health Division, Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health, Singapore. 

For the first time, the basis for the awards criteria will be the World Health
Organization (WHO) Healthy Workplace Framework, which is specifically targeted
to employers worldwide and intended to create greater awareness of workplace
health and encourage workplaces to implement programs following the WHO model.
The WHO model covers four main avenues of influence: physical work environment,
psychosocial work environment, personal health resources and
enterprise-community involvement. Awards will be given in three categories:
large employers, small and medium-sized enterprises and organizations that excel
in one of the four areas of the Healthy Workplace model. 

The Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit is being hosted by the Global
Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) in association with two international
organizations with extensive health experience, International Health Consulting
and i-genius. GKEN represents a global network of business and government
executives focused on exchanging knowledge about better health systems
practices. International Health Consulting provides specialist advice on
workplace health with a focus on multi-national employers. With members in more
than 200 countries, i-genius is a world community of social entrepreneurs. 

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About the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna
Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports
organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and
families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those
communities where Cigna employees live and work. 

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to
helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All
products and services are provided exclusively through operating subsidiaries of
Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna
Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and
Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an
integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health,
pharmacy and vision care benefits, and other related products including group
disability, life, and accident coverage. Cigna has sales capability in 30
countries and jurisdictions, with approximately 70 million customer
relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna, including links
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