Cigna salutes the city of Scottsdale with Well-being Award

Scottsdale City Hall is at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (File Photo)

Scottsdale City Hall is at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (File Photo)

Cigna selected the city of Scottsdale, SmartPractice and Tucson Airport Authority as winners of the third annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and wellness of its employees through workplace wellness programs.

“We are pleased to recognize the city of Scottsdale, SmartPractice and Tucson Airport Authority for the Cigna Well-Being Award. These three employers are passionate about investing in a culture of health,” said Edward Kim, president and general manager for Cigna in Arizona, in a prepared statement.

“Workplace wellness is becoming an industry-wide priority and many employers have experienced a reduction in health care costs as a result of health and wellness initiatives.”

Scottsdale’s Live Life Well Program is a comprehensive program that is based on five pillars, which include: health promotion, physical activity, safety, finance and well community.

The city offers onsite and online classes for employees on wellness, stress management, employee assistance programs, physical fitness, nutrition, and tobacco cessation, the release states. The city also offers health and wellness incentives for employees and spouses who complete their annual health screening.

“We value our wellness program and will continue to enhance it with many new health initiatives on the horizon,” said Seth Dusek, Scottsdale wellness coordinator, in a prepared statement.

“We are seeing some exciting results. For example, we just wrapped up a ten week weight loss challenge that had 500 participants who lost over 6,000 pounds, with 350 people losing more than five percent of their body weight.”

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, the release states.

Applicants are evaluated based on the core components of their wellness program, including the goals, implementation, incentives, leadership engagement and employee participation. All applications are reviewed and judged by an internal, multi-departmental review committee from Cigna.

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