Newsroom | 14 June 2010

Cigna Employees Meet the Shape Up Challenge: Drop 10 Tons of Weight, Log 30 Years of Exercise in 10 Weeks

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Mark Slitt, 860-226-2092
mark.slitt@cigna.com

  • Cigna's commitment to employee health earns National Business Group on Health Platinum Award - Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles - for third year in a row
  • 10-Week Challenge involved 8,600 employees participating in a total of 1,100 teams
  • Weight loss is equivalent to two African elephants

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., June 14, 2010 - With clever team names like "The Sore Losers," "Grooving, Moving, Improving Dames" and "Mission: Slimpossible," 8,600 Cigna (NYSE:CI) employees recently completed the company's first 10-week Shape Up Cigna Healthy Life Team Challenge.

The 8,600 employees - roughly one-third of the health service company's workforce in the United States - formed 1,100 teams to take up the challenge and could compete in one of two categories: physical activity or weight loss. The goals: Get moving, lose weight, have fun and live healthier lives.

The results were impressive. Collectively, Challenge participants lost nearly 20,000 pounds, or 10 tons, the equivalent of two African elephants. They also logged 15.9 million minutes of physical activity, the equivalent of moving and grooving for 30 years.

The Shape Up Cigna Healthy Life Team Challenge is just one example of programs and resources offered through Healthy Life, the company's strategy to help improve the health and wellness of Cigna employees, increase employee productivity, reduce absenteeism and lower medical costs. These efforts have been recognized for several years by The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large employers, which today honored Cigna with a Platinum Award for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging its workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

"Our employees literally 'walked the talk' of our company's mission to help people live healthier lives by embracing healthy activities and healthier lifestyles for themselves," said Jodi Prohofsky, Ph.D., LMFT, Cigna's senior vice president of health management operations who was also captain of her own Shape Up Challenge team and served as executive sponsor of the Challenge. "In keeping with our competitively friendly, can-do spirit, our employees across the country challenged each other to go the extra mile in this fun competition. The results we achieved together are amazing, and I hope the Challenge inspires employees to continue these healthy activities."

Cigna was among 66 employers that received the 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award - and one of 16 employers to receive a Platinum Award - at today's Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being.

"We are delighted to recognize Cigna for its innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees," said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health. "Cigna and its management team recognize just how important a healthy workforce is to increasing productivity and controlling health care costs, and we congratulate them on receiving this award."

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

This was the third consecutive year that Cigna earned Platinum and the fifth consecutive year overall that the National Business Group on Health honored Cigna for its healthy workplace programs.

About Cigna

Cigna (NYSE:CI), a global health service company, is dedicated to helping people improve their health, well being and sense of security. Cigna Corporation's operating subsidiaries provide an integrated suite of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance, to approximately 46 million people throughout the United States and around the world. To learn more about Cigna, visit www.cigna.com. To sign up for email alerts or an RSS feed of company news, log on to http://www.cigna.com/newsroom/rss. Also, follow us on Twitter at @cigna, visit Cigna's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cignatv and listen to Cigna's podcast series with healthy tips and information at http://www.cigna.com/podcasts or by searching "Cigna" in iTunes.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Business Group helps drive today's health agenda while promoting ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, HR professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations. Business Group members, which include 63 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.