William Gallagher Associates Named as Finalist for Healthiest Employers
William Gallagher Associates (“WGA”) has been named a finalist for the “Healthiest Employers” by the Boston Business Journal awards honoring the most outstanding health and wellness programs. The Third Annual Healthiest Employers Awards recognizes companies for their commitment to improving employee health, and showcase the most innovative strategies to keeping a healthy workforce.
“A healthy workforce is obviously a sign of a healthy company,” said Boston Business Journal Publisher Chris McIntosh. “They go hand in hand. Our awards and event will spotlight what area companies are doing to help their employees thrive on the job, and, in turn, boost morale and productivity.”
WGA formed an “Engage in Health” Committee in 2011 to spearhead several projects that engage employees in their own health through activities and initiatives that promote healthy choices. Such projects included a “Walk to Wellness” team competition, company-sponsored yoga classes, a 5k “Fun Run” through the Seaport District last Summer, weekly fruit delivery for healthier snack choices in the company kitchen, and annual employee Health Risk Assessments to give employees information on their specific risk areas. New projects for the committee planned for the coming year include a self-published WGA cookbook of healthy meals and a winter exercise challenge to promote more movement around the office during work hours.
“Being in the insurance business, we have a unique understanding of the direct link between preventable risks such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and smoking, and higher health care costs and overall productivity,” said Phil Edmundson, Chairman and CEO at WGA. “It’s encouraging to see how accepted the Engage in Health philosophy is amongst WGA employees, with many taking advantage of the incentives provided to address risk areas, and using the solutions that allow for a healthier lifestyle.”
William Gallagher Associates (WGA) is a leading provider of insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefit services to companies with complex risks and dynamic needs, within industries that include life sciences, technology, financial risks, healthcare, energy, clean tech and environmental services. The firm was founded in 1983 and is one of the country’s leading independent brokerage firms, with offices in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; Princeton, NJ Columbia, MD; and Atlanta, GA.
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