Newsroom | 11 August 2017

Cigna Recognizes Alliance Residential Company and City of Scottsdale for Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness


Cigna Corporation
Media Contact:
Whitney Anderson, 602-740-2373

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Aug. 11, 2017 – Cigna selected Alliance Residential Company and City of Scottsdale as winners of the fourth annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and wellness of employees through workplace wellness programs.

"Cigna has been a leader in driving health improvement in the workplace, and we are fortunate to work alongside and recognize Alliance Residential Company and the City of Scottsdale, two employers that are passionate about investing in a culture of health," said Ralph Holmes, Cigna market president. "Workplace wellness is an important part of prevention and promoting good health, and many employers have experienced an improvement in productivity and reduction in health care costs as a result of health and wellness initiatives."

In 2016, Alliance Residential Company officially introduced "aLIVE" an internal wellness movement to promote a variety of activities and initiatives. The movement is based on physical, mental, financial, career, social and community wellbeing.

"Our new wellness program, aLIVE is about creating a culture that inspires the Alliance team to discover new approaches to wellbeing at work, at home and everywhere in-between," said Sherida Colvin, Human Resources Vice President/In-House Counsel for Alliance Residential. "Through communication, education, activities and incentives, we are focused on improving productivity, morale, safety, community activism and healthcare-cost savings. We are happy to provide tools and resources for wellbeing that empower our associates to function to the best of their abilities."

This is the third consecutive year the City of Scottsdale has been selected for the award. The City’s "Live Life Well" program is a comprehensive program that is based on health promotion, physical activity, safety, finance and well community. The City offers onsite and online classes for employees on wellness, stress management, employee assistance programs, physical fitness, nutrition, and tobacco cessation. The City also offers health and wellness incentives for employees and spouses who complete their annual health screening.

"We strive to offer efficient and purposeful programs to maximize results and allow our work force to manage their health proactively. By having an environment that evaluates wellness, we are producing a higher quality workforce, a culture of good health and sustainability and supporting the city’s mission of ‘Simply Better Service for a World Class Community,’" said Seth Dusek, wellness coordinator with the City of Scottsdale. "In 2016, we offered 200 onsite and online wellness classes and had a 40 percent increase in participation from the prior year. We are happy to be a resource for employees and help to maintain and improve their health."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. employers lose more than $225 billion each year in productivity due to employee health problems. Cigna created the Well-Being Award to recognize employer clients that have a positive impact on the health and well-being of their workforce. Applicants are evaluated based on the core components of their wellness program, including the goals, implementation, incentives, leadership engagement and employee participation. All applications are reviewed and judged by an internal, multi-departmental review committee from Cigna.

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 90 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit .

About Cigna Medical Group

Cigna Medical Group, a division of Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc. is one of the Valley's largest multi-specialty group practices with 20 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.