Newsroom | 07 December 2015

Biggest Loser Jay Jacobs Encourages City Employees to Focus on Wellness, Know Their Numbers


Media Contacts:
Mark Slitt, 860-226-2092
City of Waterbury
Terry Corcoran, 203-574-6712

WATERBURY, Conn., 07 December, 2015 - Entrepreneur and wellness ambassador Jay Jacobs, best known as a contestant on The Biggest Loser reality television series, will visit Waterbury December 8. Jacobs will join City Department of Education employees at a health fair to encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle and "know their numbers" for blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and cholesterol. Jacobs' special appearance was arranged by Cigna (NYSE: CI), the health service company that administers the City's health benefits plan.

"Helping our city employees stay healthy is absolutely essential, not only to them and their families, but to all city residents," said Mayor Neil M. O'Leary. "When employees are healthy they're more productive; and having a healthy lifestyle can help avoid future illness and hospitalizations, which reduces the city's health care costs."

Cigna recently published a three-year study that showed having higher weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar can raise a person's total health costs and out-of-pocket health expenses. The study also showed that not knowing their numbers can cost individuals even more.

"Helping to make health care more affordable is an important part of the work we do with clients like the City of Waterbury," said Brian Cuddeback, Cigna's head of sales and client management in Connecticut. "The link between health care affordability and good health is very strong, so Cigna salutes the city for its commitment to employee wellness."

City of Waterbury/Department of Education Employee Health Fair

Special appearance by "Biggest Loser" Jay Jacobs

Tuesday, December 8, 3 p.m.

Kennedy High School auditorium
422 Highland Avenue

About City of Waterbury:

Waterbury is a city of 110,000 people nestled in Connecticut's beautiful Naugatuck Valley, midway between Boston and New York City at the junctions of Route 8 and Interstate 84. It is a diverse city of hard-working people living in established neighborhoods. Known as the Brass City for its proud industrial past, Waterbury is still a manufacturing center but has also transitioned into retail and professional businesses. Its established neighborhoods, low crime rate and low cost of housing make it one of the most affordable and safest cities in New England.

About Cigna:

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 89 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit