City of Ankeny, Iowa Renews Award-winning Corporate Wellness Program

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Iowa city municipality launches new online ordering system for city employees to continue taking the dietary supplement EpiCor® after a 2011 pilot program resulted in a significant decrease in health costs.

“Many employees felt better knowing they were taking EpiCor to improve their immune systems, and the majority of participants felt like it helped them stay healthy through the tough Midwestern cold and flu season.” - Dawn Gean, City of Ankeny HR Officer

After a successful trial launch during 2011’s cold and flu season, the City of Ankeny, Iowa has renewed its commitment to the award-winning Corporate Wellness Initiative this year by implementing a new online ordering system for employees to continue using EpiCor for improved overall wellness and decreased healthcare costs.1

Embria Health Sciences, makers of EpiCor, spearheaded the initial trial program by partnering with ProActive Health Products to distribute supplements of EpiCor to City of Ankeny employees who elected to participate. The City paid half of the cost for a six-month supply for employees who participated. The initial trial group consisted of approximately 100 participants, both employees and family members. The study process began in October 2010 and continued through completion in early 2011.

The City’s human resource department noted a 28 percent decrease in employee doctor visits for cold, flu, and upper respiratory illnesses in 2011 for those employees taking EpiCor versus the prior year time period for those same employees not taking EpiCor. This decrease paralleled and complemented two previously published scientific studies on the ingredient EpiCor, both of which noted a 26 percent decrease in the incidence and duration of cold and flu symptoms among adults who took the supplement versus placebo.2,3

“We feel like the initial trial was a success,” says Dawn Gean, City of Ankeny human resources officer. “Many employees felt better knowing they were taking EpiCor to improve their immune systems, and the majority of participants felt like it helped them stay healthy through the tough Midwestern cold and flu season.”

ProActive Health Products, an Iowa-based dietary supplement marketer, worked with the City to offer its employees the entire line of EpiCor supplements via ProActive Health’s website, Administrative concerns often weigh heavily on corporate or municipal entities looking to offer new wellness services to its employees. The online ordering feature was key to getting EpiCor into City of Ankeny employee hands without the administrative burden.

The Corporate Wellness Program is also getting attention in the food and nutrition industry for its efforts to promote health and wellness in the workforce. In addition to receiving the Scientific Excellence Award from SupplySide West in 2010, Embria’s EpiCor was also honored with the Investment in the Future Award from the Nutrition Business Journal, a leading information source for the natural, organic, and healthy-lifestyle products industry.1

“We are very pleased with the results of our first Corporate Wellness Initiative study with the City of Ankeny,” says Paul Faganel, President of Embria Health Sciences. “We believe in the quality and efficacy of EpiCor, and the results of the 2011 study closely parallel those of prior published clinical trials. We are hoping to expanding this program because we truly believe it can help organizations decrease their healthcare costs while helping employees stay happy, healthy and productive.”

EpiCor® is Embria’s unique, all-natural health ingredient designed to support a strong, balanced immune system. City employees received a supply of EpiCor via 500 mg capsule. After the first trial of the program was complete and the data collected, the results were positive. Gean says the City benefited from the program because its employees were healthier, which represents significant cost savings for the organization. The City of Ankeny has implemented the Corporate Wellness Initiative permanently, and officials are confident the new online ordering system will promote easier access for participants while reducing the burden of administrative costs for the City.

To learn more about the Corporate Wellness Program and how your company can potentially benefit, visit For more information about Embria Health Sciences and EpiCor®, visit


About Embria Health Sciences
Embria Health Sciences is dedicated to the creation of science-based, all natural ingredients that support human health. Our ultimate goal is to provide products that help people stay healthy and maintain a high quality of life so that they can continue to enjoy the things they love.

About EpiCor®
EpiCor is an all-natural nutritional dietary health supplement that helps support the immune system. It is a complex, nutrient-rich ingredient comprised of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Taken daily, EpiCor has been shown to be a safe and effective way to help support immune health and maintain wellness.

About ProActive Health Products
ProActive Health Products, Inc. is a customer-focused, family owned supplier of EpiCor nutritional supplements since 2007. ProActive Health supplies 30 and 90 count capsules and is the only supplier to create a soft chew with vitamin D3. Distribution includes consumer direct sales, wholesale accounts, and corporate wellness programs.

1. Embria Health Sciences Wins the 2011 NBJ Investment in the Future Award…An economic impact study in its Iowa hometown puts Embria on the vanguard of immune support; Nutrition Business Journal; Jan. 20, 2012 1:59pm

2. Moyad MA, et al., Immunogenic Yeast-Based Fermentate for Cold/Flu-like Symptoms in Nonvaccinated Individuals; The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; Vol. 16, No. 2, 2010; pp. 213-218

3. Moyad, MA, et al., Effects of a Modified Yeast Supplement on Cold/Flu Symptoms; Urologic Nursing; Vol. 28; No. 1, 2008; pp. 50-55

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