PROVIDENCE – Two hundred and seventy-five of the region’s business leaders celebrated 34 local companies and 19 of their peers in Providence Business News’ seventh Healthiest Employers luncheon Thursday.
The event, held at the Providence Marriott Downtown, recognized the companies that scored well on a survey conducted by the Healthiest Employers Group, an Indianapolis-based health and wellness researcher. In addition, individuals were nominated by local enterprises who had made significant strides in their health thanks to adherence to a company-sponsored initiative.
If there was a theme to the approaches by these most successful of companies at encouraging employee wellness, it was the need to be comprehensive and convenient. Wellness must take into account all aspects of a person’s life and be a habit, which was also a theme of keynote speaker Katie McDonald’s address to attendees.
The founder and CEO of bnourished, based in North Kingstown, McDonald made it clear that wellness is a process that demands that we each take control of all aspects of our lives, from what we eat to how we exercise to how we work. And all of these interrelated themes can be accomplished by taking on new tasks/goals one at a time, building toward a healthier, and happier, life.
The 19 Biggest Winners ranged from people who started participating in road races to others who lost significant amounts of weight, improving their biometric numbers and shrinking their measurements.
The 34 winning companies were grouped in five categories based on their overall employee base and ranked based on their Healthiest Employers’ scores. The five category leaders are:
- International Game Technology PLC, 5,000+ employees
- CBIZ Inc., 2,000-4,999 employees
- South County Health, 500-1,999 employees
- Collette Travel Services Inc., 150-499 employees
- Parkinson Technologies Inc., 2-149 employees
Presenting sponsor for the program was Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Partner sponsors included CVS Health Corp. and Tufts Health Plan.