Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island champions worker well-being

Healthiest Employees: 500-1,999 Employees | #5. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
CEO (or equivalent): Kim A. Keck, CEO and president
Number of employees: 790


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has made the health and wellness of its employees one of the organization’s highest priorities.

With the Rhodes to Well-being initiative, the company is focusing on starting or building healthier lifestyles by focusing on the physical, emotional, financial and social well-being of its employees. The health insurer uses comprehensive programs, education and resources to increase engagement, better overall health and well-being.

Blue Cross has the numbers to back up the success of the program. In 2017, the company introduced a mindfulness program, which has been extended into this year. It offers Level 1 and Level 2 programs for eight weeks. Using pre- and post-assessments, there has been a 25 percent increase in mindfulness, a 35 percent reduction in stress, 95 percent of participants are planning to maintain a regular practice and 100 percent indicated they would recommend the program.

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A healthy thought:
‘Our executive leadership team … champion and participate in well-being programs through-out the year.’
Shannon Broadbent, Lead benefits analyst, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island