Cigna recognizes Scottsdale, SmartHealth for employee wellness

Cigna has selected the city of Scottsdale and SmartHealth as winners of the first annual local Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a commitment to improving the health and well-being of employees through workplace wellness programs.

Both programs were created with support from senior leadership to help increase employee engagement and lead to improved health and lower medical costs.

The city of Scottsdale’s wellness program features a Weight Watchers at Work initiative, which resulted in nearly 100 employees losing a combined total of 600 pounds.

SmartHealth’s program, which includes a wellness clinic staffed by a full-time family nurse practitioner, increased employee engagement with the company’s health assessment and biometric screenings by nearly 100 percent.

“Employee wellness is a top priority for the city and we are honored to be selected as a winner of the Cigna Well-Being Award,” said Scottsdale City Manager Fritz Behring.

“A successful wellness program starts with buy-in from senior leadership and input from employees,” said Dr. Curtis Hamann, chief executive officer for SmartHealth. “SmartHealth’s program has a mix of both – our leaders are committed to investing in the program, while employees are given a vehicle to share valuable input and ideas through the S.H.A.P.E. Wellness Council.”

Naumann Hobbs Material Handling and city of Phoenix were selected as finalists for the Cigna Well-Being Award. Glynlyon received an honorable mention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. employers lose more than $225 billion each year in productivity due to employee health problems. Cigna created the Well-Being Award to recognize employer clients that have a positive impact on the health and well-being of their workforce.

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