WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) is
proud to announce that it has been named as one of the nation's leading
corporations for innovative programs promoting a healthy workplace and for
helping its employees and their families to make better choices about their
own health and well-being.
CVS Caremark received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at
the National Business Group on Health's Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
this week. CVS Caremark was recognized with a Gold Award for its CVS Caremark
Wellness Program for creating cultural and environmental changes that support
employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes.
"We are thrilled to receive this award," said V. Michael Ferdinandi,
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CVS Caremark. "Because CVS Caremark
is the country's leading pharmacy health care provider, it is extremely
important to us to provide a healthy workplace for our own 215,000 employees
and to help to improve their health and well-being."
Now in its fifth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards
recognize those employers that have truly embraced a culture of wellness and
are working collaboratively to improve their workers' health, productivity and
quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst
to encourage all employers to take action.
"As one of 63 companies recognized this year for their employee health and
wellness programs, CVS Caremark is at the vanguard of a national movement to
promote a system-wide culture of health emphasizing prevention, exercise, and
eating right," said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on
Health. "More than ever, a healthy workforce is critical to helping America's
large employers compete in the global marketplace. CVS Caremark is to be
applauded for making health and wellness an integral part of their workplace."
The purpose of the CVS Caremark Wellness Program is to improve the health
behaviors of CVS Caremark colleagues and their dependents. The program
encourages CVS Caremark colleagues to be healthy and to take ownership of
their health through health improvement programs such as "Healthy & Smokefree"
(smoking cessation), "Healthy Weight" (nutrition), "Healthy & Fit" (physical
activity), "Healthy Mind" (stress management), and "Healthy Outcomes"
(preventive screenings, health assessments, flu shots, and maternity
CVS Caremark's strategy of encouraging colleagues to be good health care
consumers by choosing healthier lifestyle options remains the basis for all
wellness programming. A variety of resources such as Care Advocate Teams of
dedicated nurses, decision support tools, preference sensitive condition
support, self-directed DVD programs, a quarterly wellness newsletter and
disease management programs are offered to colleagues to assist them in making
better health care decisions.
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The
Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through
its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the
delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely
positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes
through its more than 6,900 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores; its Caremark
Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and
specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic;
and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is
available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at
www.cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the press room section of
the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
About National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit,
membership organization of large employers - including 60 of the Fortune 100 -
devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to
their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH
identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health
and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH
members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers,
retirees and their families. For more information about the NBGH, visit
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