National Business Group on Health Names Union Pacific Railroad One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles
Omaha, Neb., June 21, 2005 The National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization, today honored Union Pacific Railroad for its commitment and dedication to combating obesity and promoting a healthy lifestyle for its employees.
Union Pacific is among 22 companies who received the "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" award at the Obesity Leadership Summit sponsored by the Business Group’s Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. Union Pacific received a Platinum Award for its Health Promotion program.
"Creating a culture of health and wellness for employees helps Union Pacific fulfill its corporate vision – a railroad where our customers want to do business, employees are proud to work, shareholder value is created, and public and employee safety is our top priority," said Marcy Zauha, UP director-health and safety.
Through the integration of HealthTrack – with Safety Programs, Operating Work Units, and Healthcare Benefits – Union Pacific has created a culture where addressing health issues is business as usual.
"We are very pleased to honor Union Pacific for achieving these high standards and successfully implementing a lifestyle improvement program designed to reduce obesity and encourage healthier living for their employees," said Helen Darling, President of the Business Group. "Union Pacific’s leaders are visionaries and know how critical it is that they support their employees’ efforts to choose healthier lifestyles."
The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards program was created by the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity to honor those who recognize the urgent need to improve their workers’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.
Winners of the "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyle" awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established programs with measurable outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for those employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
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