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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield seeks nominations for 2016 Healthy Workplace Awards

Local employers can be recognized for workplace wellness programs

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (July 18, 2016) — Employers that have implemented successful workplace wellness programs now have an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts. In cooperation with seven regional chambers of commerce and the ChamberChoice program, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking nominations for the 2016 Healthy Workplace Awards Program.

The winners of the prestigious annual awards will be honored by their local chamber of commerce later this year. Previous Healthy Workplace Awards winners can also be nominated for the Continuing Excellence Award, which recognizes a past award recipient that continues to pursue workplace wellness.

To nominate a business — even your own — visit the ChamberChoice website and click on "services," then "employer sponsored health insurance" to download the form from the left-hand side of the page. Completed forms must be submitted to one of these participating chambers as soon as possible to ensure consideration:

  • The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce
  • The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce
  • The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
  • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
  • The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce
  • The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
  • The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

Following the nomination process, judges will evaluate the nominations based on the strength and creativity of their workplace wellness efforts.

Examples of workplace wellness initiatives include organizing a wellness committee, identifying walking routes for staff to take during lunch breaks, committing to a 100 percent smoke-free workplace, offering healthy food choices in vending machines and cafeterias and arranging health fairs and screenings for employees.

More companies are utilizing workplace wellness programs to help keep their employees healthy and productive — and to save on health care costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that approximately 75 percent of health care costs for employers are related to chronic conditions brought on by obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and lack of physical activity — all problems that can be addressed through a wellness program.

In 2006, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (formerly Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania), ChamberChoice, and select chambers introduced the Healthy Workplace Awards program to recognize and reward companies that adopted wellness practices in the workplace. Over the past 10 years, the program has recognized nearly 100 small and large employers in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania for their commitment to wellness.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Inc. doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue card program. It employs more than 4,200 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Anthony Matrisciano
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield