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CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation honors 100th employer

Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutrical companies in the world, recently was selected for the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation, making it the 100th employer to receive the honor.

The company’s dedication to promoting corporate health and wellness in the workplace and encouraging its employees to adopt healthy lifestyle choices by undergoing early detection cancer screenings helped secure them the accreditation.

The access Eli Lilly’s employees and covered family members receive for various treatment and represents an accomplishment for not only the company but also the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit consisting of multiple CEOs who are leading the fight against cancer in the workplace. The group was founded by former President George H.W. Bush

“Organizations such as Eli Lilly truly represent a gold standard of leadership and demonstrate how employers can play an active and meaningful role in reducing cancer risk and improving the overall health of their employees and family members,” President Bush said. “I truly believe addressing health issues in the workplace is one of the smartest things we can to reduce the risk of cancer and other serious diseases.”

The National Cancer Institute collaborated with the CEO Roundtable on Cancer to initiate the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, which also has been awarded to 2.5 million employees and covered family members that are benefiting from the initiative.

“Employers can have a tremendous impact on the health of their employees and family members,” said Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher, who chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. “Gold Standard accreditation is further testament that Lilly’s efforts to improve health begin with improving the health of their own employees.”

Corporate health and wellness programs are picking up momentum in the private and public sectors with employers of all sizes looking to cut healthcare costs and improve employ morale and productivity in the workplace. The Corporate Health and Wellness Association also honors industry leaders.

The 2011 Leadership Award is offered through the CHWA in conjunction with Corporate Wellness Magazine. The partnership recently announced this year’s winners of the Corporate Wellness Leadership Award, which recognizes leaders in the wellness industry for providing innovative and successful programs. The award will be presented the winners at the CHWA and CWM annual meeting in Chicago the last weekend of October.