UnitedHealthcare is committed to helping people live healthier lives. We support our clients in their efforts to help improve employee awareness and engagement in company sponsored wellness programs. The Well Deserved Award recognizes organizations that motivate and empower their employees to help improve their health and well-being through creating a culture of wellness at the workplace.

Announcing the Well Deserved Award

Established in 2008, the Well Deserved Award program recognizes organizations that demonstrate a commitment to worksite wellness. Employers who promote and use UnitedHealthcare’s wellness programs, tools and resources as part of their worksite wellness strategy are encouraged to apply for the award.

Award results

June 20, 2019

UnitedHealthcare Honors Employers for Successful Employee Well-Being Programs and Services

UnitedHealthcare honored 11 U.S. employers for implementing innovative, successful employee well-being programs designed to help improve employee health and job satisfaction.

The winning employers offered a variety of workplace programs and services, such as:

  • organic produce delivery to the worksite for employees to purchase,
  • daily walking meetings with c-suite leaders,
  • fitness center reimbursement programs,
  • healthy cooking competitions,
  • and onsite fitness centers and health clinics

One employer found success with their fitness device check-out program where employees could borrow a fitness tracker for a designated period of time at no cost and at the end of the borrowing period they could opt to purchase their device through payroll deductions.

Seven of the top 11 winners offered Real Appeal, an interactive online weight-loss offering that carries no cost for participants whose employers offer the program through their health insurance plans. These employers reported that more than 31 percent of their participants achieved a 5 percent or greater weight loss. Based on the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study, a moderate weight reduction of 5 percent can reduce the development of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

"We congratulate these outstanding employers for inspiring a culture of well-being because health matters to every individual whether it’s at home or at work,” said Ann Marie O’Brien, RN, UnitedHealthcare’s national director of health strategies. “It’s important to shine a light on successful, properly designed well-being programs that emphasize leadership support, effective communications, and engaging incentives."

This year, five employers received Golden Apple awards for winning a Well Deserved award for the second time, demonstrating a sustained commitment to employee health and wellness:

  • Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colo.
  • Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas
  • OCLC, Inc., Dublin, Ohio
  • Grange Insurance, Columbus, Ohio
  • Wright-Patt Credit Union, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary myCUmortgage, LLC, Beavercreek, Ohio

First-time Well Deserved award winners include:

  • Charter Manufacturing Company, Inc., Mequon, Wis.
  • City of Columbia, Columbia Mo.
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Madison, Wis.
  • NK Parts Industries, Inc., Sidney, Ohio
  • Park Place Technologies, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phillips Edison & Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Honorable Mention recipients include:

  • City of Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Delaware City Schools, Delaware, Ohio
  • Florida League of Cities
  • Franklin County Cooperative Health Improvement Program, Columbus, Ohio
  • Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County, Md.
  • Pinellas County Employee Wellness Department, Clearwater, Fla.
  • Ullico Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Web.com, Jacksonville, Fla.

This is UnitedHealthcare’s 11th year honoring employers who have created well-being programs to help support their employees’ health and wellness. UnitedHealthcare worked with an external broker review panel to review and judge all applicants.

Read here to learn about other successful employee well-being programs.

For more information about well-being programs, visit UHC.com.

Employee wellness programs bring results

Employers know that a healthy worker can make for a more productive, satisfied worker. That simple idea is behind the rise of workplace wellness programs during the last several decades. And while some companies continue to see real results from their wellness programs, other companies struggle, despite offering employee incentives like lower premiums or gift cards.

A recent UnitedHealthcare analysis identified shared characteristics of successful employee wellness programs so that others can strengthen their own wellness offerings.

Read the complete Employee Wellness Programs Bring Results paper.