Newsroom | 29 June 2017

Cigna Recognizes City of Shawnee for Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness


Mark Slitt                 

City of Shawnee
Julie Breithaupt

SHAWNEE, Kansas - June 29, 2017 - Cigna (NYSE: CI) has recognized the City of Shawnee in the company's annual Cigna Well-Being Awards for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of its employees through a workplace wellness program.

The City's program, known as Shape Up Shawnee, takes a holistic approach to health improvement by incorporating nutrition, exercise, prevention and healthy lifestyle education. Its focus areas include the physical, emotional, financial, career and social needs of its employees.

Notably, the City of Shawnee is a tobacco-free workplace and it offers health coaching to help people quit smoking. The City also offers seminars and individual wellness coaching for nutrition and healthy eating, its vending machines have healthier food choices, and there are employee fitness centers at City Hall, all three fire stations, the Justice Center and the Public Works Service Center.

In addition, the City has a bike-to-work program that provides incentives for employees who pedal to work instead of driving. Its on-site health enhancement coordinator offers personal and confidential health and wellness coaching and helps employees get the most out of their wellness benefits. The City also sponsors an employee assistance program (EAP) that can help people with short-term counseling for family relationships, depression and substance use. This resource can also be used for professional development and coaching; which is a valuable enhancement to a traditional EAP benefit.

The City uses incentives to drive engagement and employee participation in the wellness program. By accumulating wellness points for completing certain activities, employees become eligible for a cash “wellness bonus” at the end of the year. Employees are also eligible for a premium reduction if they have an annual physical or onsite screening, complete an online health risk assessment and complete a wellness coaching session.

"When you look at everything that the City of Shawnee is undertaking on behalf of its employees, it's really quite impressive," said Frank Monahan, president of Cigna's Mid-America market, which includes Kansas. "Cigna congratulates the City for its commitment to employee well-being and for creating a culture of health in the workplace."

"The City of Shawnee believes that a focus on education, early detection and prevention offers the best way to combat disease and illness," said Kim Dawald, human resources manager. "The primary goal of Shape Up Shawnee is to educate our employees and to provide resources for them to live healthier lifestyles. Healthy employees are more engaged, more productive and better able to deliver the best service possible to our residents."

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 Awards 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 goals, implementation, incentives, leadership engagement, and employee participation. All applications are reviewed and judged by Cigna's multi-departmental review committee.

About The City of Shawnee
The City of Shawnee is home to 65,795 residents. It is the third largest City in Johnson County and is a place where people are proud to live, work and play.

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