Arogya world recognizes 20 companies in india as 2015 healthy workplaces _ business wire
MUMBAI, India–( BUSINESS WIRE)–Twenty companies from a variety of sectors across India employing
a workforce of 178,000 employees were named Healthy Workplaces tonight,
in the third year of a pioneering public health program underway by
Arogya World. A global health non-profit organization, Arogya World
works to prevent non-communicable diseases – diabetes, heart disease,
cancer and chronic lung diseases – through
health education and
lifestyle change. Arogya World targets workplaces for chronic disease
prevention because work is where so many people spend a large part of
Arogya World announced this year’s Healthy Workplace winners and
commended them for their commitment to workplace wellness at an award
ceremony capping off a day-long employer educational event sponsored by
Cigna TTK Health Insurance Company Limited, a joint venture between
Cigna, the U. S. based global health services leader, and Indian
conglomerate TTK Group. Employers from multiple industries representing
manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, health care and financial
services all met key criteria to earn the designation of a Healthy
Workplace. Since the program began in 2013, 47 companies have been named
Healthy Workplaces in India, with a collective workforce of 333,000
The 2015 Healthy Workplaces (some with multiple divisions) include the
Johnson & Johnson PRIVATE LIMITED, INDIA
Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Automotive Sector, Nashik Plant-1
SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd.
Tata Power Company Ltd.
Emami Limited – 13, B. T.Road, Kolkata
Reliance Infrastructure Limited – Dahanu Thermal Power Station
Hindalco Industries Ltd., Belgavi
Persistent Systems Limited
Emami Limited – EPIP, Amingaon, Guwahati
Novartis Healthcare Private Limited
SBI Life Insurance Company Limited
Quinnox Consultancy Services Limited
Sasan Power Limited
Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd.
Madura Fashion and Lifestyle
In addition, two companies that became Healthy Workplaces in 2013 were
recertified this year:
MTR Foods Private Ltd.
Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.- Mumbai Transmission Business
“The winning companies deserve congratulations for being champions of
employee wellness, and for stepping up and becoming Healthy Workplaces
this year. We are also grateful to our partners who are actively
collaborating with us to use the workplace as a platform for chronic
disease prevention. No one entity can do it alone, but together, we can
make a profound public health impact,” said Nalini Saligram, Ph. D.,
Founder and CEO, Arogya World.
To be considered a Healthy Workplace, all companies completed a formal
assessment and site visit as part of the selection process. Criteria
that mark a workplace in India as “healthy” were developed in 2012 by
Arogya World with the input of multiple stakeholders. The Healthy
Workplace criteria are organized into three levels — Bronze, Silver and
Gold — and include establishing work-life balance, having a workplace
no-tobacco-use policy, and providing easy access to healthy foods and
opportunities for physical activity. See
the full Healthy Workplaces Criteria.
With this year’s winners, Arogya World is one step closer to meeting its
2013 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action: to get 100
companies in India to become Healthy Workplaces, and to help one million
working professionals lead healthier lives. The commitment partners
include Aon and Public Health Foundation of India. At this year’s award
event, Arogya World made a Commitment to work with many partners to
create Healthy Workplaces:
“Cigna TTK is honored to provide Arogya World with a platform to present
this year’s Healthy Workplace award. We believe ‘Health hai toh life
hai,’ and it is our mission to partner with our customers in improving
their health, well-being and sense of security. We do this by delivering
products and services that educate and enable our customers to lead
healthier lifestyles. We congratulate these companies for taking
important and proactive steps to improve the total well-being of their
employees,” said Cigna TTK CEO and Managing Director Sandeep Patel.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 20
percent of Indians have at least one chronic condition. Some 60 million
Indians live with diabetes, and one million die from it each year.
Indians develop type 2 diabetes 10 years earlier that most Westerners,
making the public health burden in the country even more significant.
According to the WHO, these diseases are largely preventable with
lifestyle changes including avoiding tobacco, eating healthy foods, and
increasing physical activity.
At the awards ceremony, held annually in the same month as World
Diabetes Day, Mumbai celebrity nutritionist Rujuta
Diwekar offered the keynote remarks. She noted, “It is both
wonderful and critical that organizations like Arogya World and Cigna
TTK are coming together to share employers’ ‘best practices’ in
workplace health that contribute to a healthier workforce, and by
extension, healthier communities.”
Cigna’s support for Arogya World to fulfill its mission began last year
when the Cigna Foundation donated $260,000 to the organization for the
creation and deployment of a mobile app called myArogya, which helps
people better manage their health and prevent diabetes, heart disease,
stroke and kidney disease. The effectiveness of the mobile app, designed
to assist people with behavior change, is being evaluated in a year-long
study. The app is being provided to employees who work for Healthy
Workplaces in India.
For information on how to apply to be a Healthy Workplace in India,
contact Dr. Geeta Bharadwaj, geeta@arogyaworld. org .
About Arogya World
World is a global non-profit working to prevent non-communicable
diseases (NCDs) through health education and lifestyle change. The
organization strives to change the course of chronic disease by building
strategic partnerships and using innovative technology to implement
scalable, sustainable programs with measurable impact. In India, Arogya
World implements diabetes prevention programs in schools, workplaces,
and the community. “Arogya” in Sanskrit means to live a life without
disease. Follow Arogya World on Twitter at @ArogyaWorld.
About CignaTTK Health Insurance Company Limited
CignaTTK Health Insurance Company Limited is a joint venture between the
U. S. based global health service leader, Cigna Corporation and Indian
conglomerate TTK Group. Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) maintains sales
capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions and has more than 89
million customer relationships throughout the world. TTK is widely
recognized across India with a reputation built across eight decades for
quality consumer products and services.
Cigna TTK is a stand-alone health insurance company having a pan India
presence, headquartered in Mumbai. Cigna TTK will offer differentiated
health insurance solutions including health and wellness programs that
support customers in making lifestyle changes and managing chronic
medical conditions. To learn more, visit www. cignattkinsurance. in/.