Illinois companies rewarded for adopting stellar workplace wellness programs

With the rising popularity of employee incentive programs related to corporate health and wellness in companies all over the nation, award and recognition conferences are sprouting up to reward companies that implement these measures.

Six companies based in Illinois were recently honored by the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois at the second annual WOWIE Awards for their successful deployment of healthy lifestyle motivators and creating a work environment that encourages physical activity.

State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois, won the platinum award for companies with more than 200 employees for its “Live Well, Be Well” program.

“Our Live Well, Be Well initiative encourages employees to make informed lifestyle decisions in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and preventive screenings,” said Sheri Gatto, wellness coordinator at State Farm. “We made a business case for our wellness initiative and sought buy-in from our executive team in 2007.”

CDW, Inc, of Vernon Hills, Illinois one the gold award for companies with more than 200 employees while Provena Health Systems of Mokena, Illinois, took home the silver award in the same category.

Robinson Engineering of South Holland, Illinois, earned the platinum award for companies with fewer than 200 employees and are the only company to win the award in consecutive years as they took home the same honor at the inaugural WOWIE Awards in 2010.

Robinson Engineering specializes in civil engineering and has been operating in the Chicago region for almost 75 years.

“We most recently participated in the 100-day challenge through a 12-month grant that focuses on wellness in the workplace, awarded by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce, ‘Live Healthy America – Chicago 100 Day Challenge,’ consisting of eight Robinson teams (an employee participation rate of 67%),” said Denise St. Pierre, director of organizational development at Robinson.

St. Pierre added that 60 percent of Robinson’s employees participated in a 100-day challenge that centered on adopting a healthier diet while increasing physical activity. The Biggest Improver contest allow the participating employees to reduce their body mass index by 4 percent per person and decreased body fat by 11 percent on average per person.