Four Employers Named to Prestigious List for First Time

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2018 – The National Business Group on Health last night recognized 49 U.S. employers for having the best workforce health and well-being programs in the nation. The honored employers, including four first-time winners, were presented with “2018 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®” awards at the National Business Group on Health’s Workforce Strategy 2018 Conference.

Now in its 14th year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards recognize employers with exceptional commitment to improving their employees’ overall well-being, productivity and quality of life. The awards program incorporates a wide range of well-being contributors including job satisfaction, community involvement, financial security, emotional and physical health, and social connectedness.

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: “We are thrilled to honor these 49 companies for their innovative and unique approaches to employee, family and community health and well-being. More companies are on a path to integrate employee well-being into their workforce strategy to deploy the most engaged, competitive and productive workforce possible and these organizations are leading the way.”

LuAnn Heinen, a vice president of the National Business Group on Health who has overseen the awards program since its inception, commented: “We are very impressed with the innovation that all of the winning companies have demonstrated with their approaches to workforce well-being. The shift we are seeing from physical health and wellness programs to well-being as a workforce strategy is significant, and these companies are in the forefront. We congratulate all of them.”

Winners of the 2018 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards include:

  • 17 Platinum: Employers that have a workforce well-being strategy in place with demonstrated results;
  • 25 Gold:Organizations with a strong commitment to holistic well-being and related metrics;
  • 7 Silver:Organizations with emerging well-being strategies, often with a focus on physical health.
The winners in each category are:


American Express
CNO Financial Group, Inc.
Delta Air Lines
Humana Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kaiser Permanente
Nemours Children’s Health System*
Texas Health Resources
The Boeing Company
The Hartford
UnitedHealth Group


Atrium Health
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
BNY Mellon
Cerner Corporation
CVS Health
DaVita Inc.
Erie Insurance
Goldman Sachs
Health Care Service Corporation
Merck & Co. Inc.
Mercy Health (Ohio/Kentucky)*
Mission Health
NextEra Energy, Inc.
Quest Diagnostics
Target Corporation
The Nielsen Company


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Cleveland Clinic*
Compass Group USA, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
Huntington National Bank
Nestlé in the U.S.
Raytheon Corporation

*denotes first time winner

The National Business Group on Health also presented several Special Recognition awards:

Community Involvement

  • The Hartford

Emotional Health

  • AT&T

Financial Security

  • Aetna
  • Goldman Sachs

Linking Health & Well-being to Business Performance

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Nestlé in the U.S.

Global Distinction Awards

The Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-being Global Distinction program recognizes companies with established approaches to positively impacting the physical, psychological and emotional health, well-being and productivity of their global employees and their dependents.

Global Distinction awards were presented to:

  • BNY Mellon- Ireland 
  • GlaxoSmithKline- Belgium
  • Johnson & Johnson- Brazil
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.- U.K.

Contact: Ed Emerman