TORRANCE, Calif. – May 28, 2014 – Keenan, the largest privately held insurance brokerage and consulting firm in California, has been named a gold award winner in the fourth annual Healthyroads Fit Company Awards® program. The awards recognize organizations nationwide that demonstrate their commitment to improving the overall health and fitness of their employees by offering exceptional employee wellness programs and benefits.
The “Fit for Keenan” employee wellness program promotes a culture of health by rewarding employees with valuable incentives. To start, Keenan employees can reduce their annual medical plan premiums by up to $1,200 by completing three key steps: submitting a health screening from their physician; completing a Personal Health Assessment; and completing a declaration of no tobacco use, or enrolling in a tobacco cessation program and completing a tobacco cessation declaration.
In addition, throughout the year, employees are encouraged to compete in company-wide challenges that can earn them cash awards as they improve their health. For each challenge in which employees participate, they are entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. Those who participate in all challenges are entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card. Other challenges through the year offer larger rewards to inspire change.
Keenan’s 12-week “Thinner Winner” weight loss challenge motivated Naneen Weber to be more active, make healthier food choices using free, online calorie and nutrition trackers, and begin a regular exercise regimen. Thinner Winner participants weighed in every two weeks to update results. The employee who lost the highest percentage of body weight received a cash reward of $1,500. Additionally, each participant who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight received a cash reward of $50 or more.
With more than 200 participants, Keenan achieved a company-wide weight loss of more than 900 pounds. Weber, who lost 18.23 percent of her body weight, took home the grand prize and has gone on to earn an even more valuable reward: a healthier, more active lifestyle that continues to motivate her and her spouse (who lost 40 pounds) to stay active.
“In the beginning, it was about the financial incentive. But as I began to lose the weight and find myself getting stronger, that became the real prize for me,” said Weber. “Now, I exercise almost every day, and I rarely eat out or drink soda. We did a complete 180 on our eating and exercise habits. Now I can run almost two miles without stopping. And I just feel incredible!”
The Keenan wellness program is also about more than challenges. Participants have access to no-cost Healthyroads® telephone health coaching, running and walking clubs, wellness fairs, worksite education, healthy vending machines and website tools. Wellness has become ingrained in the culture and is promoted regularly through email, intranet, posters, meetings and social media.
Keenan’s wellness program was first implemented in 2010, and in 2013 it achieved a participation rate of nearly 87 percent with its Personal Health Assessment.
“We’re proud that last year we had 623 out of 684 employees complete our Personal Health Assessment, with over 560 completing our biometric screenings,” said Suzanne Smith, Vice President of Human Capital for Keenan. “Our program is fun and engaging, and it enhances our team spirit. We’re very pleased with the results.”
Keenan’s wellness program is made available through Healthyroads, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH). ASH is one of the nation’s leading providers of employer population health programs.
“We congratulate the leadership and employees of Keenan for setting a positive example that inspires others to reduce the health risk factors that contribute to rising health care costs,” said American Specialty Health CEO and Chairman George DeVries. “Today’s comprehensive wellness programs provide a solid business strategy that can deliver multiple benefits, including the potential to reduce sick days, decrease medical utilization and increase productivity.”
The Healthyroads Fit Company Awardwinners were selected based on their commitment to best practices in worksite wellness, unique or creative ideas that encourage a culture of health at the workplace, clarity and consistency of employee health promotion and communications, and participation and engagement levels of their employees in wellness initiatives. Judges included leading wellness experts from ASH and top-ranked organizations outside of ASH.
For information on Keenan insurance brokerage and consulting programs, visit www.keenan.com.
Founded in 1972, Keenan is the 17th largest insurance consulting and brokerage firm in the U.S., and the largest independent broker in California. Keenan is dedicated to providing superior insurance products and services to schools, community colleges, healthcare organizations and municipalities for employee benefits, health benefit management services, workers’ compensation, risk management, and property and liability. With headquarters in Torrance, CA, Keenan has a staff of more than 650 insurance specialists and branch offices in Riverside, San Clemente, Oakland, San Jose, Rancho Cordova, Redwood City, Pleasanton and Eureka. For more information, call 800-654-8102 or 310-212-3344, email email@example.com or visit www.keenan.com.
About American Specialty Health
American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is one of the nation’s premier independent, privately-owned specialty health services organizations, providing specialty health care networks and programs, fitness and exercise programs, and population health solutions for health plans, insurance carriers and employer groups. Operating from offices in San Diego, Calif., Southlake (Dallas), Texas, Carmel (Indianapolis), Ind., and Columbia, S.C., ASH has more than 1,100 employees and administers services for more than 33 million members nationwide. Products offered through ASH and its subsidiaries include Healthyroads®, FitnessCoachTM, Active&Fit®, ExerciseRewardsTM and others. For more information about ASH, visit www.ASHCompanies.com or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on Twitter at @ASHCompanies or on LinkedIn.