U.S. Foodservice Honored One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles

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Foodservice Distributor Recognized for Promoting Healthy Workplaces

At U.S. Foodservice, we strive to provide our employees with tools and information to build a strong career and healthy life

U.S. Foodservice, one of the country’s premier foodservice distributors, was today honored by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large employers, for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging their workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

U.S. Foodservice was among 66 employers that received the 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. The company received a silver-level award due to its employee health and wellness programs, which include the Healthy USF program that helps employees improve personal well-being through various tools, resources and health coaches to support reaching wellness goals.

“At U.S. Foodservice, we strive to provide our employees with tools and information to build a strong career and healthy life,” said Dave Esler, Chief Human Resources Officer at U.S. Foodservice. “Our employees are paramount to our success. Like other areas of our business, our goal is to produce a continuous cycle of improvement, and our employees’ health and wellness is no different.”

Healthy USF provides employees and eligible family members with access to online and telephone support programs to address specific health concerns, including stress, nutrition, and weight management. The program also assists employees and eligible family members with a variety of chronic health conditions including asthma, diabetes, depression, and lower back pain. Through Healthy USF, employees and eligible family members have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a supportive health coach who will provide information, support and guidance on ways employees can feel his/her best while living with a chronic condition. Healthy USF is completely voluntary, confidential and offers services at no cost to employees.

“Successful health and wellness programs, like our annual Winning Weigh Challenge that encourages healthy diet and exercise, have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our employees,” added Esler. “We will continue to seek out ways to keep employees engaged in keeping their minds and bodies healthy, both in and out of the workplace.”

In 2010, the U.S. Foodservice Winning Weigh Challenge had 3,400 participants from more than 60 divisions, who lost a total of 25,948 lbs in just eight weeks through diet and exercise.

“We are delighted to recognize U.S. Foodservice for its innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees,” said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. “U.S. Foodservice and its management team recognizes just how important a healthy workforce is to increasing productivity and controlling health care costs, and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

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

About U.S. Foodservice
U.S. Foodservice is one of the country’s premier foodservice distributors, offering more than 43,000 national, private label and signature brand items and an array of services to its more than 250,000 customers. The company proudly employs 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide who are poised to serve customers beyond their expectations. As an industry leader, with access to resources beyond the ordinary, U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to neighborhood restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, hotels, government entities and other eating establishments. To find out how U.S. Foodservice can be Your partner beyond the plate®, visit http://www.usfoodservice.com.

About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Business Group helps drive today's health agenda while promoting ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, HR professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations. Business Group members, which include 63 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit http://www.businessgrouphealth.org.


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