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Mercy earns Healthy Lifestyles employer award
Mercy earns Healthy Lifestyles employer award

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Sisters of Mercy Health System has received a 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award. The National Business Group on Health – the nation’s only non-profit organization of large employers devoted to health care related issues – presented the honor at a leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

“This award places Mercy in prestigious company,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of the Sisters of Mercy Health System. “When other award winners include the likes of IBM, Campbell Soup and Target, you feel confident you’re doing a lot of things right as an organization.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy in Hot Springs is a part of Mercy, which was honored for its innovative Healthification initiative promoting a fit workplace and encouraging co-workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

“Healthification gives Mercy co-workers the resources they need to make positive, sustainable changes in their personal health and well-being,” said Vik Khanna, Mercy’s executive director of health and wellness. “Although challenges remain, Healthification empowers co-workers to lower their risk of chronic disease and improve health behaviors.”

Mercy’s Healthification is a new model for evidence-based, comprehensive employee wellness. Comprised of four distinct categories – Eat for Life, Move for Life, Balance for Life and Breathe for Life – Healthification inspires and empowers co-workers through a platform of services, tools, educational resources and rewards.

Mercy was recognized among the gold honorees for “creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.”

“We are very pleased to honor Mercy for its ongoing commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs that encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees,” said Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “Mercy and its management team should take pride in understanding the importance of promoting and maintaining a healthy workforce. We congratulate them on receiving this award.”