National Business Group on Health Honors Gilsbar, Inc. As One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles

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Gilsbar among 52 companies recognized for promoting healthy workplace.

We are very pleased to honor Gilsbar for their innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees

The National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization of large employers, honored Gilsbar, Inc. for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its employees and families.

Gilsbar, Inc. was among 52 employers nationwide that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's (NBGH) Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. Gilsbar received a Gold Award for its "Invest In Your Health" wellness program. This is the second year Gilsbar has received the Gold Award.

According to Hank Miltenberger, Gilsbar's President & CEO, "It is an honor to be recognized two years in a row by the NBGH for creating a culture of health. Every year, we reevaluate our wellness initiatives to keep the program from becoming stagnant. As a result of these efforts, year after year, we see lives forever changed. These lifestyle modifications have not only created happier and more productive employees, they have enabled us to have complete control of health care costs."

Doug Layman, Gilsbar's Executive Vice President adds, "Over the last five years, Gilsbar's medical claims costs per employee are 13% lower and Rx costs per employee are 36% lower. It is our philosophy, however, that the true return on our wellness program is found in the mitigation of expenses and various health conditions year after year. The decrease in medical and Rx costs become insignificant when compared to the positive effects, such as healthier, more energetic and more engaged employees, are having on our business. We're happy to now be able to share these experiences with other employers to help them create a culture of health in their organizations."

"We are very pleased to honor Gilsbar for their innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees," said Helen Darling, President of the NBGH. "Gilsbar, Inc. and its management team should be proud of both their initiatives and ongoing support of helping employees to choose a healthier way of life."

Now in its fourth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award acknowledges and rewards those employers that recognize the urgent need to improve their workers' health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established programs with measurable outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for those employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

About Gilsbar:
As a leading provider of health benefit administration services, Gilsbar holds valued relationships with brokers and employers nationwide. Fostering these partnerships for nearly 50 years, our integrity, stability and focus is ever-present in an industry that is constantly changing. Gilsbar's responsive service, comprehensive technological solutions, fully-integrated medical management program and commitment to client satisfaction are some of the many qualities that define our 360˚ Benefit Plan Management® service for self-funded employers. Visit http://www.gilsbar.com or call 1-800-445-7227 Ext. 588 to find out how 360˚ Benefit Plan Management® can transform your company or organization's benefit plan.

About the National Business Group on Health:
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information about the NBGH, visit http://www.businessgrouphealth.org.

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