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Over 70 RI Businesses Celebrated at 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards

Thursday, May 29, 2014

 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) distributed Worksite Health Awards to more than 70 local businesses at the 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony.

The ceremony, which celebrates the efforts in supporting thousands of local employees and their families in making healthier decisions, had over three hundred attendees.

Rip Esselstyn, firefighter turned health activist, served as the keynote speaker.

Health and fitness-essential components of a stronger workforce

“For the last twenty years, our Worksite Health Award winners have shown that health and fitness are essential components of a stronger workforce,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, President & CEO of BCBSRI. “BCBSRI commends these organizations for finding smart, creative ways to implement wellness programs. They serve as bright examples of health and productivity for our entire community.”

“Twenty years after launching the Worksite Health Awards, we remain awed by the hard work and commitment of those who go through this process. We continue to see proof of the positive impact worksite wellness can have on employees and employers. By increasing morale and production, and decreasing healthcare costs and sick leave, worksite health programs are a win for all involved. We are once again delighted to partner with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to recognize more than 70 local businesses and hopefully inspire even more Rhode Island companies to join the program next year,” said Laurie White, President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact that a supportive work community can have on people's health,” said Rip Esselstyn, keynote speaker and author of The Engine 2 Diet. “We should commend today’s honorees for taking real steps to support their employees’ wellness, and I hope this celebration prompts us all think more about lifestyle changes we can make at work and at home.”

2014 Worksite Health Award Recipients

The following companies are the recipients of the 2014 Worksite Health Awards: 

Exemplary

A.I.P.S.O.
Amica
BankNewport
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Bradley Hospital
Brown University
Bryant University
Cadence, Inc.
Care New England/Women & Infants Hospital of RI
CharterCare Health Partners & Affiliates
Cooley Group
CVS Caremark
DeWal Industries Inc.
Fidelity Investments
FM Global
Gateway Healthcare
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Gilbane, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc.
Hexagon Metrology
Hinckley Allen
Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd.
Lifespan Corporate Services 
Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
Navigant Credit Union
Newport Hospital
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
Preventure Inc.
Providence College
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Rhode Island Hospital/ Hasbro Children's Hospital
Rhode Island Housing
Rhode Island Medical Imaging
Rhode Island Quality Institute
Roger Williams University
South County Hospital Healthcare System
Taco, Inc.
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
The Miriam Hospital
Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
Town of Smithfield
West Bay Residential Services, Inc.
West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Superior

American Mathematical Society
Autocrat, LLC
Broker's Service Marketing Group, LLC
ChemArt Company
City of Warwick, Dept. of Tourism, Culture & Development
Coastway Community Bank
Crowne Plaza Hotel at The Crossings
Fellowship Health Resources, Inc.
Glencore Recycling
Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island
Hope Global, A Division of NFA
Meeting Street
Paul Masse Automotive Group
Pawtucket Credit Union
RI Zoological Society
Saint Elizabeth Community
South Kingstown School Department
Swarovski North America Limited
The Moore Company
Town of Narragansett
TriLiteral, LLC
Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation

Outstanding

Centreville Bank
Ferland Corporation
FGX International
Kenyon Industries
Modine Manufacturing
Newport Public Schools
Parkinson Technologies, Inc.
Pet Food Experts
Smithfield Public Schools
Town of Lincoln

Achievement

Family Service of RI
 

 

Related Slideshow: New England’s Healthiest States 2013

The United Health Foundation recently released its 2013 annual reoprt: America's Health Rankings, which provides a comparative state by state analysis of several health measures to provide a comprehensive perspective of our nation's health issues. See how the New England states rank in the slides below.

 

Definitions

All Outcomes Rank: Outcomes represent what has already occurred, either through death, disease or missed days due to illness. In America's Health Rankings, outcomes include prevalence of diabetes, number of poor mental or physical health days in last 30 days, health disparity, infant mortality rate, cardiovascular death rate, cancer death rate and premature death. Outcomes account for 25% of the final ranking.

Determinants Rank: Determinants represent those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For clarity, determinants are divided into four groups: Behaviors, Community and Environment, Public and Health Policies, and Clinical Care. These four groups of measures influence the health outcomes of the population in a state, and improving these inputs will improve outcomes over time. Most measures are actually a combination of activities in all four groups. 

Diabetes Rank: Based on percent of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" Does not include pre-diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy.

Smoking Rank: Based on percentage of adults who are current smokers (self-report smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke).

Obesity Rank: Based on percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

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6. Rhode Island

Overall Rank: 19

Outcomes Rank: 30

Determinants Rank: 13

Diabetes Rank: 26

Smoking Rank: 14

Obesity Rank: 13

 

Strengths:

1. Low prevalence of obesity

2. High immunization coverage among adolescents

3. Ready availability of primary care physicians  

Challenges:

1.High rate of drug deaths

2. High rate of preventable hospitalizations

3. Large disparity in heath status by educational attainment

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/RI

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5. Maine

Overall Rank: 16

Outcomes Rank: 25

Determinants Rank: 12

Diabetes Rank: 23

Smoking Rank: 29

Obesity Rank: 28

 

Strengths:

1. Low violent crime rate

2. Low percentage of uninsured population

3. Low prevalence of low birthweight  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2.High rate of cancer deaths

3. Limited availability of dentists

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/ME

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4. Connecticut

Overall Rank: 7

Outcomes Rank: 15

Determinants Rank: 4

Diabetes Rank: 16

Smoking Rank: 4

Obesity Rank: 12

 

Strengths:

1. Low prevalence of smoking

2. Low incidence of infectious diseases

3. High immunization coverage among children & adolescents  

Challenges:

1. Moderate prevalence of binge drinking

2. Low high school graduation rate

3. Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/CT

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3. New Hampshire

Overall Rank: 5

Outcomes Rank: 7

Determinants Rank: 5

Diabetes Rank: 16

Smoking Rank: 11

Obesity Rank: 22

 

Strengths:

1. Low percentage of children in poverty

2. High immunization coverage among children

3. Low infant mortality rate  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2.High incidence of pertussis infections

3. Low per capita public health funding

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/NH

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2. Massachusetts

Overall Rank: 4

Outcomes Rank: 14

Determinants Rank: 3

Diabetes Rank: 10

Smoking Rank: 7

Obesity Rank: 2

 

Strengths:

1. Low prevalence of obesity

2. Low percentage of uninsured population

3. Ready availability of primary care physicians & dentists  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2. High rate of preventable hospitalizations

3. Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/MA

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1. Vermont

Overall Rank: 2

Outcomes Rank: 12

Determinants Rank: 1

Diabetes Rank: 4

Smoking Rank: 9

Obesity Rank: 5

 

Strengths:

1. High rate of high school graduation

2. Low violent crime rate

3. Low percentage of uninsured population  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2. Low immunization coverage among children

3. High incidence of pertussis infections

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/VT

 
 

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