Cigna Receives Elite Corporate Health Champion Designation by the American Diabetes Association

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The American Diabetes Association announced that Cigna achieved the Elite Corporate Health Champion designation. The award was presented on Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017 during a presentation at the company’s office located in Glendale.

Sonia Ledesma, Cigna’s vice president of account management; Tracey Hecht, ADA associate director of development; Sarah Mahoney and Tania Muinos, Cigna, sales and account management.

The Health Champion Designation is part of the Wellness Lives Here initiative, which is designed to inspire and fuel our nation’s healthful habits at work and beyond.

The American Diabetes Association announced that Cigna achieved the Elite Corporate Health Champion designation. The award was presented on Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017 during a presentation at the company’s office located in Glendale. The Association’s Greater Los Angeles Area Associate Director of Development Tracey Hecht, along with D-Force for Life’s Rufus Dorsey, joined Cigna’s Vice President of Account Management Sonia Ledesma, and Sarah Mahoney and Tania Muinos of sales and account management to present a certificate of achievement and recognition.

The Health Champion Designation is part of the Wellness Lives Here initiative, which is designed to inspire and fuel our nation’s healthful habits at work and beyond. This designation recognizes companies and organizations that inspire and encourage organizational well-being as part of the Association’s Wellness Lives HereSM initiative.

To qualify for the Health Champion designation, a company or organization must meet the healthy living criteria in three areas:

1.    Nutrition and Weight Management: Five of the twelve criteria options, such as offering healthy food choices, promoting nutritional information and providing healthy vending options.
2.    Physical Activity: Four of the nine criteria options; participating in the physical activity events of the Association, facilitating walking or biking to work, encouraging taking the stairs, etc.
3.    Organizational Well-Being: Having an organizational smoke-free policy and three more of the nine criteria options, such as having a designated wellness program coordinator, a wellness committee, or a contracted wellness company available to staff/members, integrating health topics/information into internal communications, etc.

The health and wellness initiatives of Cigna have met the criteria of a Corporate Wellness Champion by offering adjustable work spaces with standing desks, health and wellness days and activities, an in-house wellness team, and much more. Cigna’s sponsorship and participation in the Association’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes was a key factor in achieving the “Elite” Corporate Health Champion status. As a sponsor of the event, Cigna has also participated in some of the Los Angeles Association’s initiatives, programs, and offered the Association’s wellness presentations to their employees, vendors and clients.

A complete list of the Health Champion Designees can be found online. For more information, about Wellness Lives Here and the Health Champion Designation, visit http://www.diabetes.org/wellnessliveshere.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit http://www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find the Los Angeles office on Facebook (adalosangeles), Twitter (@ada_losangeles) and Instagram (@adalosangeles).

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