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Jun 03, 2011

National Business Group on Health honors General Mills with ‘Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles’ award

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General Mills earns Gold Award for workplace wellness programs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) recently honored General Mills for its commitment to workplace health and wellness programs with a Best Employers for Health Lifestyles Gold Award for the fifth consecutive year.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards acknowledge employers that “recognize the urgent need to improve their workers’ health, productivity and quality of life,” according to the NBGH.  The goal of the program is to encourage all employers to take action.

“We are proud of our health and wellness initiatives and appreciate being recognized by NBGH over the past five years for our achievements,” said Dr. Julia Halberg, General Mills’ vice president of Global Health and Chief Medical Officer.

Helen Darling, president and CEO of the NBGH, commented: “Employer interest in creating healthy workplaces and a healthy workforce is at an all-time high as controlling health care costs remains a top priority. The employers we are recognizing this year have consistently demonstrated a commitment to providing innovative workplace health improvement programs that encourage healthier lifestyles for employees and their families.”

Winners of the 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; and Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.

General Mills offers a spectrum of health education and wellness programs, preventive care, and medical treatment resources. Current programs at General Mills’ corporate headquarters include on-site fitness classes, healthy cooking classes and same-day medical appointments at the company’s on-site preventive health clinic. 

Many of the company’s manufacturing facilities now include Lifeclinic health stations, at which employees can check their blood pressure, weight and body mass index.  Over time, employees can confidentially track their progress and create personalized health records to share with their doctors.

General Mills was one of 48 employers who received Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles at the Business Group’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales. 

For more information, contact:

Maerenn Jepsen
General Mills
763-764-6364