Apr 05, 2011

American Water Honored in Healthiest Employers Awards

Company launched health and wellness program last year

American Water Works Co. Inc. was named yesterday as one of the winners in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers Awards.

The Healthiest Employers Awards program recognizes organizations in the greater Philadelphia region that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. The award utilizes an online assessment tool that measures employee wellness programs in six key categories, including culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication, programming and reporting and analysis. Answers to the assessment are scored and companies are automatically ranked. The highest-ranking winner in each category (based on number of employees) will be announced in June.

American Water launched its official health and wellness program, Healthy Solutions, to its 7,000-plus employees nationwide in July 2010. The program includes access to a dedicated website on which employees and their families can participate in a free, confidential health assessment, as well as get tools and tips about health, fitness, stress management and weight management. The program also offers wellness challenges throughout the year and access to customized healthy living coaching programs, as well as financial incentives and other rewards to employees for participation.

“American Water is committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Building better health not only benefits our employees and their families, it makes good business sense,” said Vice President of Human Resources Sean Burke. “By giving our employees the tools to be healthier, we’re building a more productive work force and healthy work environment, as well as helping to manage our increasing health care expenses.”