Congratulations to the 2014 Best Health and Wellness Program Finalists!

Congratulations to the 2014 Best Health and Wellness Program Finalists!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:05pm

Congratulations to Best Health and Wellness Program Finalists, Novartis International AG, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and WellPoint, Inc., for the 2014 Corporate Citizenship Awards!

The Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Health and Wellness Program recognizes efforts to improve the health and wellness of employees or communities. Read on to learn more about the exemplary initiatives the three finalists have undertaken to augment health and wellness, in local communities and around the world.

One of the most prominent challenges faced by developing countries is providing healthcare for burgeoning populations. Novartis’ Familia Nawiri (“Healthy Family” in Swahili) program focuses uses social and commercial components that work together to create a sustainable healthcare system in Kenya. The program trains health educators, educates healthcare providers on treatments, manages the medicine supply chain, and more. Since 2012, approximately 3,415 health education meetings have been organized with nearly 132,000 attendees, and 11 health camps have resulted in 2,060 patients being diagnosed as a result of Familia Nawiri.

One in six people in the United States struggle with hunger. That's why in 2010 Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in America. The company donates a variety of packaged foods, and, by using flash freeze technology and refrigerated trucks, it is also able to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat. Walmart has incorporated its customers in the campaign via volunteer programs and point-of-purchase donations. The retailer’s results are jaw-dropping: it has given $260 million in cash and $2.6 billion in in-kind donations, delivering on its commitment one-year ahead of schedule.

In the United States, 35% of people age 50+ lead sedentary lifestyles and obesity rates have more than tripled in the last three decades among children ages 6 – 11.  To help stem obesity, WellPoint invested $5.9M in an intergenerational obesity prevention initiative: CATCH Healthy Habits. CATCH engages adults age 50+ as mentor-role models who teach healthy lifelong habits to children in grades K-5. Each one-hour session includes a hands-on nutrition and wellness lesson, the preparation and consumption of nutritious snacks, and physical activities designed to improve cardiovascular health. The program has grown by 505% since inception: today, more than 10,000 children and 1,600 adult volunteers across 19 U.S. cities participate.

On November 20, a winner from these three excellent finalists will be announced at the 2014 Citizens Awards. Register now to attend!

Where: Washington, D.C.
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.