Newsroom | 29 October 2015

Cigna Recognizes Prestonwood Baptist Church and Prestonwood Christian Academy for Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness

Mark Slitt

Prestonwood Baptist Church and
Prestonwood Christian Academy

Berta Delgado-Young
  • 72 percent of employees have had biometric screenings
  • 69 percent of employees have completed a health assessment
  • Robust incentives encourage participation and healthy activities
DALLAS - October 29, 2015 - Cigna (NYSE: CI) has selected Prestonwood Baptist Church and Prestonwood Christian Academy as a recipient of the annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of its employees through a workplace wellness program.
The foundation of Prestonwood's "Fit for Life" wellness program is Pastor Jack Graham's book, Are You Fit for Life? Dr. Graham writes that people must be well in every sense - physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually - in order to serve others well. In 2013, Prestonwood partnered with Cigna to build the framework of the Fit for Life program on Dr. Graham's foundation.
Prestonwood promotes a culture of health by providing staff with multiple healthy lifestyle opportunities. Some of these include: free annual onsite biometric screening and health assessment events, an annual family fun run and 5K, an onsite workout facility, healthy menu choices in the cafeteria, physical activity-based staff development days, free lunchtime healthy lifestyle seminars, weekly healthy lifestyle emails, and CPR training.
"This combination of resources gives our staff multiple opportunities to confidently make healthy lifestyle choices or be motivated by seeing others making those right choices," said Julie Seal, Prestonwood's wellness coordinator. "With strong incentives in place, 72 percent of our employees have completed biometric screenings and 69 percent have completed a health assessment."
"Cigna is committed to working together with employers like Prestonwood to create a strong culture of health," said LaMonte Thomas, president and general manager for Cigna in North Texas and Oklahoma. "We all have many obligations competing for our attention, so it's important to identify new ways to engage people in their wellness through programs personalized to individual needs. It's equally important to recognize employers like Prestonwood that are leading the way."
Prestonwood attributes the success of its Fit for Life program to the senior management team, which helps with idea generation and communication support. The executive team supports the program by dedicating resources to incent and reward participants and enhance the onsite workout facility. It also provides a healthy lunch for quarterly seminars. Mike Buster, executive pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church, includes wellness-related information in his weekly staff updates, mentors staff regarding healthy lifestyle choices, and regularly engages and organizes staff for fitness activities.
Employers that apply for the Cigna Well-Being Award are evaluated based on the core components of their wellness program, including goals, implementation, incentives, leadership engagement and employee participation. All applications are reviewed and judged by Cigna's internal multi-departmental review committee.
About Prestonwood Baptist Church and Prestonwood Christian Academy Prestonwood Baptist Church is one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations with 40,000 members and two locations in North Texas. Prestonwood Christian Academy, a ministry of the church, is one of the finest Christian schools in the country with more than 1,500 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 at two locations. 
About Cigna
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