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June 14, 2011 > Wellness Program receives recognition

Wellness Program receives recognition

Submitted By Jessie Mangaliman

Kaiser Permanente Northern California's "Live Well Be Well" workplace-wellness program has received gold certification in the 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards presented by the National Business Group on Health.

The awards, announced recently in Washington D.C., also include a gold certification for the "Healthy Workforce" program run by Kaiser Permanente's national office, which is also based in Oakland. In all, 28 large employers around the country were honored with gold certification. This year marks the first time Kaiser Permanente participated in the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards program.

Late in May, Kaiser Permanente also unveiled a website aimed at employees and employers promoting workplace health, Thrive 9-5.

In Fremont, Kaiser Physician In Chief Dr. Calvin Wheeler leads an early morning walk every second Tuesday of the month when he meets with all his chiefs. Wheeler leads the hour-long walk at 7 a.m., before the start of his monthly meeting. Several times a week during lunchtime, the pediatrics unit at Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center break for a 20-minute zumba workout.

For more information, go to www.kp.org/newscenter.

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