Mayo Clinic Named One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles

Mayo Clinic is among 66 employers nationwide receiving the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being in Washington, D.C. Mayo Clinic is receiving the Platinum Award for the first time due to the efforts of its healthy living programs and ability to continue improving and adding innovation year after year. Sixteen other employers are receiving this award at the Platinum status.

The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit organization of large employers, initiated the awards six years ago to honor those organizations that demonstrate a commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging healthy lifestyles for employees and their families. Mayo Clinic is one of five employers that have been recognized as an employer promoting healthy lifestyles since the program commenced in 2005.

"We are very pleased to receive this award," says Kerry Olsen, M.D., chair of the Wellness Executive Committee. "It reflects Mayo Clinic's strong commitment to the health of its employees and recognizes the ongoing success of many wellness programs and activities that have contributed to establishing a culture of healthy living at Mayo."

Mayo Clinic has many health promotion programs that help its employees achieve the best quality of life possible by promoting health and wellness resources available to employees. By utilizing the many existing resources, employees can access programs directly related to their individual health situations. Programs and activities at the Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Employee and Community Health initiatives and LiveWell health resources work together to focus on healthy lifestyle choices and help employees connect with the appropriate programs, tools and support. These include: on-site resources and programs at Mayo Clinic employee wellness facilities, nutrition education, employee food services, health fairs, the Employee Assistance Program, the NicotineDependenceCenter, collaboration with community health and wellness organizations, telephonic and Web-based resources, as well as print communication.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award acknowledges and rewards those employers that recognize the need to improve their employees' health and quality of life. The program serves as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action by providing the resources employees need to be healthy.

About Mayo Clinic

For more than 100 years, millions of people from all walks of life have found answers at Mayo Clinic. These patients tell us they leave Mayo Clinic with peace of mind knowing they received care from the world's leading experts. Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. At Mayo Clinic, a team of specialists is assembled to take the time to listen, understand and care for patients' health issues and concerns. These teams draw from more than 3,700 physicians and scientists and 50,100 allied staff that work at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona; and community-based providers in more than 70 locations in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. These locations treat more than half a million people each year. To best serve patients, Mayo Clinic works with many insurance companies, does not require a physician referral in most cases and is an in-network provider for millions of people. To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to For information about research and education, visit, ( is available as a resource for your general health information.

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