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UPMC Again Receives National ‘Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles’ Recognition

PITTSBURGH, May 24, 2013 – For the fifth consecutive year, UPMC has been recognized as one of the country’s “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). UPMC has again earned platinum status, the highest possible level of recognition, reserved for organizations that have established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes.
The award recognizes measureable improvements among UPMC employees in activity, weight loss, smoking cessation and stress reduction in 2012 — with significant improvements in each of the four years prior. 
UPMC Health Plan’s MyHealth initiative delivers programs and services to all UPMC employees and non-employee members. The MyHealth programming is designed to maintain and advance the health, productivity and quality of life of employees and their insured spouses/domestic partners and dependent children, while reducing their incidence of health risks. More than 90 percent of UPMC Health Plan-insured employees participate in MyHealth programming annually.
Over the past five years:
  • Tobacco use decreased to less than 11.2 percent
  • Physical activity increased 3 percent to over 52 percent
  • Stress levels reduced 1.1 percent to 24.4 percent
  • Normal blood pressure levels improved  3.7 percent
  • Cholesterol levels improved 1.3 percent
“We are proud of our employees’ dedication to improving their health,” said Gregory Peaslee, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, UPMC. “Through MyHealth’s robust programs and services, we continue to make our employees’ health and the health of their families a top priority, which means they will lead healthier, happier and more productive lives both in the workplace and in their communities.”
UPMC employee participation in workforce wellness programs remains strong. In 2013, 94 percent of employees completed a health risk assessment, 97 percent received a biometric screening, 29 percent participated in weight management programs, 5 percent participated in tobacco cessation programs, 10 percent participated in workplace physical activity programs, and 19 percent engaged in workplace stress management programs.
“I’m very excited to once again have UPMC recognized as a best-in-class health and wellness employer,” said Diane Holder, president and CEO, UPMC Health Plan. “The employees of UPMC have demonstrated significant improvement in overall health status and health-related costs. We look forward to continuing to develop additional methods to help our employees be healthier and increasingly productive in the work place.”

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