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

their day.

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

following companies:


Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Automotive Sector, Nashik Plant-1

SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

Tata Power Company Ltd.

Hinduja Hospitals


Citigroup India

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

Wipro 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:

http://arogyaworld. org/programs/healthy-workplaces/our-commitment/

“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/.