Newsroom | 12 January 2016

Cigna in Arizona Wins Worksite Health Promotion Award from the Wellness Council of Arizona


Mark Slitt
Whitney Anderson

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jan. 12, 2016 – Cigna in Arizona was recently recognized with the "Process, Progress & Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion" award by the Wellness Council of Arizona at the 30th Annual Meeting Worksite Health Promotion Recognition luncheon in Tucson.

The award is presented to organizations that can demonstrate they have a worksite health infrastructure endorsed by senior management, robust employee engagement, programs that are designed based on the needs and interests of employees, and resources and programs available to encourage healthy living. This award is for groups that have built the platform for prevention and improved health among employees.

"Health and wellness is at the core of Cigna's business strategy and company mission to improve the health, well-being and sense of security of the people we serve," said Kim Lipsky, MPH, MCHES, manager of Well-Being for Cigna in Arizona. "We are honored to be recognized by the Wellness Council of Arizona for the employee wellness programs we provide to approximately 3,000 Cigna employees in Arizona."

Cigna offers wellness programs to employees around the world including the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. Employees in the 25 worksites throughout Phoenix have access to a variety of health and wellness programs, discounts, incentives and worksite support. Lifestyle management programs for stress, weight loss and tobacco cessation; annual flu shots; and on-site biometric screenings are a few examples of programs available to employees. Various webinars and video courses are created for employees on health topics ranging from Paleo and gluten-free diets, to mindfulness-based stress reduction and the basics of exercising smarter.

In addition to wellness programs, nursing rooms are available to support employees who desire to continue breastfeeding upon their return to work. The rooms are part of the national Cigna Moms program which provides participants with lactation support, a breast pump and educational materials. Cigna also provides a pre-disability program which helps employees work more comfortably when suffering from a medical or ergonomic issue. An on-site fitness center is also available to employees at its largest Phoenix office.

"Cigna’s wellness strategy was created to build a sustainable, best-in-class culture of health globally that will result in improved employee health, well-being, productivity and engagement," said Lipsky. "Being recognized by the Wellness Council of Arizona is a true testament to the amazing programs offered to employees here in Arizona and around the globe."

About Wellness Council of Arizona

Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ) strives to be the recognized leader and resource for worksite health promotion in Arizona. WELCOAZ collaborates with healthcare providers, community leaders, businesses and institutions to improve the health of employees and their families. The Wellness Council received its original charter from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Insurance Association of America in 1985. We believed that advancing health insights, lifestyles and supportive cultures are invaluable tools in the work place. The Wellness Council of Arizona evolved from the Wellness Council of Tucson in 2002.

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 Cigna-HealthSpring is contracted with Medicare for PDP plans, HMO and PPO plans in select states, and with select State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in Cigna-HealthSpring depends on contract renewal.

About Cigna Medical Group

Cigna Medical Group, a division of Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, is one of the Valley's largest multi-specialty group practices with 23 health care centers located throughout metropolitan Phoenix. Most health care centers are equipped with several medical services under one roof, so patients can see their doctor, fill prescriptions and get lab work done. Imaging, vision and hearing services are offered at select locations.