Alexandra Health, Toyal America and Royal Dutch Shell Named Winners in Search for Healthiest Workplaces

Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:10am EDT

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* Shining examples of how to improve employee health and wellness 
* Awards based on WHO Healthy Workplace Model for Action 
* Sponsored by Cigna Foundation 
* Awards, Summit hosted by Global Knowledge Exchange Network

LONDON--(Business Wire)--
Alexandra Health, Toyal America and Royal Dutch Shell today were named winners
in the inaugural Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit held in London.
These companies` programs lead as examples of how the workplace can play an
important role in improving health and wellness in regions around the world. The
search for the healthiest workplaces in the world was sponsored by the Cigna
Foundation and hosted by the Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) together
with International Health Consulting and i-genius, whose common goal is to
promote awareness of emerging better practices in health promotion and wellness
in the workplace. 

Identifying these winning healthy workplaces so that other employers worldwide
can learn from them is especially timely, as a new global study out this month
by Global Corporate Challenge found that 86 percent of employees worldwide don`t
participate in their company`s wellness programs. 

Companies of all sizes from 28 countries submitted workplace programs for award
consideration. The submissions were reviewed by an international panel of public
health experts from five continents who judged the workplace programs - for the
first time - through the lens of the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy
Workplace Model for Action, which includes the physical work environment,
psychosocial work environment, personal heath resources and enterprise-community
involvement. Six finalists who exemplified leadership in these areas were chosen
to present their programs in London, where they were evaluated a final time
before the three winners were chosen. 

Congratulating the winners and commenting on the awards, Maggie FitzPatrick,
Cigna's chief communication officer and president of the Cigna Foundation, said,
"At a time when chronic disease is rising globally, the private sector is
playing a critically important role advocating for health and wellness. The
healthiest workplaces in the world are increasing wellness and productivity and
reducing costs. Their workplace programs are improving health and wellness one
employee at a time." 

The Summit attracted more than 100 employers of all sizes, health system
leaders, universities, policy leaders, NGOs, and world-renowned award judges and
speakers amid a two-day Summit agenda packed with information on emerging and
better practices for promoting workplace health - from addressing the aging
employee population to protecting workers` mental health and fighting chronic
disease the world over. 

Next, GKEN, i-genius and International Health Consulting with the Cigna
Foundation will launch a global communication campaign, helping employers
worldwide learn how to replicate these winning workplace practices and improve
the health and wellness of their workforce. 

For more information, go to www.globalhealthyworkplace.com. 

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 75 million customer
relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna, including links
to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

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Gloria Barone, 215-761-4758
Gloria.barone@cigna.com

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