Stress Management Program from Aetna and eMindful Earns National Honors

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National Business Group on Health Gives Aetna Platinum Award for 2012 ’Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles’

eMindful developed Mindfulness at Work® and worked collaboratively with Aetna to introduce the program to Aetna employees.

The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, recognized Aetna with the highest Platinum honor for the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards plus a distinction for the Best Stress Management Intervention program. Aetna received the stress management recognition for its Mind-Body Stress Reduction programs which include eMindful’s Mindfulness at Work® and ViniyogaTM Stress Management.

eMindful developed Mindfulness at Work® and worked collaboratively with Aetna to introduce the program to Aetna employees. Aetna is one of eMindful’s early customers, and has also enrolled Aetna employees in other mind-body wellness programs.

“eMindful’s focus is providing programs with demonstrated results. Our goal is to offer employees the tools necessary to support long-term changes in stress reduction, weight loss, and tobacco cessation. Sustained changes in these lifestyle choices will result in lower healthcare costs and improved employee productivity – as our programs have shown,” said Kelley McCabe, CEO of eMindful Inc. “We are enormously pleased to have collaborated with Aetna and for this recognition of Aetna’s commitment to employee wellness.”

"Aetna is firmly committed to the health and well-being of our employees, and we continue to develop new, engaging programs to encourage employees and their family members to achieve and maintain their optimal state of health," said Elease Wright, Aetna senior vice president, Human Resources. "As a health plan, we also work with our employer customers across the country to help them achieve wellness goals with their employees. When Aetna learns what motivates and helps our own employees, we share that information with our customers."

Study results that were recently published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology showed that participants in the Mindfulness at Work® and the Viniyoga™ Stress Management programs showed significant improvements in stress management, productivity, pain, sleep and cardiac health. Importantly, among all participants who were screened for the study, study participants reporting the highest level of stress had higher medical costs−nearly $2,000 more annually−than those reporting the lowest level of stress.

The 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were announced at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-Being. The top Platinum award is given to companies with established "healthy weight, healthy lifestyles" programs with measurable success and documented outcomes.

About eMindful
eMindful provides employers with evidence-based, sustainable behavioral change programs to reduce health care costs and increase productivity. It is the only company delivering live, interactive, mind body wellness curriculums online. Its programs are taught by licensed health professionals, including physicians and psychotherapists, and are designed to help people prevent, mitigate, and slow the progression of diseases associated with family, work and lifestyle risk factors. For more information, visit http://www.eMindful.com. For a short video showing how eMindful helps employers, visit http://www.emindful.com/emindfulvideo.html.

About Aetna
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.1 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see http://www.aetna.com .

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 and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 345 members include 64 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit http://www.businessgrouphealth.org .

Media Contacts:
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Kelley McCabe
772-569-4540
kelley(at)emindful(dot)com

Kevin Renner
772-410-5152
kevin(at)emindful(dot)com

Ethan Slavin
860-273-6095
slavine(at)aetna(dot)com

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