Businesses invited to apply for Worksite Health awards

Businesses invited to apply for Worksite Health awards

PROVIDENCE - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island announced that the call for applications for its 20th annual Worksite Health Awards, which recognize Rhode Island companies with successful workplace wellness programs, is open now through Friday, Feb. 28.

All Rhode Island companies are eligible, including small and large businesses, and applicants must demonstrate exceptional health and wellness programs and health-oriented workplace policies. Winning companies will be honored at a ceremony on May 28 and profiled in a special section of Rhode Island Monthly magazine.

"As an insurer and as one of Rhode Island's largest employers ourselves, BCBSRI understands the real value in creating healthier workplaces," said Michael Hudson, chief financial officer for BCBSRI. "A commitment to eating well, exercise and work-life balance doesn't just make employees happier and healthier, it is good overall business sense and helps the state drive down health care costs."

In 2013, 75 local companies received Worksite Health Awards. In the past, the most impactful worksite offerings have included smoking cessation programming, flu immunization clinics, blood pressure screenings and walking programs.

Interested businesses can find more detail and apply online at