KCU Recognized with Cigna 2021 Well-Being Award

Jan 4, 2022
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Cigna has selected Kansas City University (KCU) as a recipient of its annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of employees through a workplace wellness program.

This is the third consecutive year KCyou Well-Being has been recognized by Cigna with this prestigious award. The University’s wellness program includes a benefits premium discount for completing preventive exams and biometric screenings, monthly well-being contests and prizes, workout classes, guided meditation, chair massages, complimentary dietician consultations, mental health sessions, financial planning education, healthy cooking demonstrations, on-campus vaccine clinics and more.

“At KCU, employee health is among our top priorities, and we are honored to be selected as a recipient of the Cigna Well-Being Award once again this year,” said Jamie Hirshey, director of Human Resources. “We understand the important role employee well-being plays in KCU’s success. Our program is rooted in three pillars of health: Physical, Mental and Financial, and supports healthy lifestyle choices, thereby promoting a holistic culture of well-being within the entire KCU community. I thank our KCU employees for doing their part in building this culture of well-being, together.”

While poor health takes a toll on workers, it is also a burden to employers. A national Resilience Study from Cigna found that two-thirds of full-time employees are at risk of not being able to overcome challenges, which can result in lower job satisfaction, lower performance and higher turnover. Employers can help build resilience in their workforce by emphasizing holistic health management and offering tools and resources including wellness programs.

Frank Monahan, Cigna's local Market President, says, “Cigna is a leader in improving employee health, and we are honored to recognize good partners like KCU who share our commitment to workplace wellness. Creating a healthy work environment is a rising focus and many employers are seeing greater affordability as a result of wellness initiatives.”

Cigna Well-Being Award applicants are evaluated based on the core components of their well-being program, including leadership engagement, company culture, strategy and goals, implementation and employee engagement. All applications are scored and reviewed by a panel of Cigna health promotion experts.

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