Insurer among ‘healthiest companies’

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield was named among the "Healthiest Companies in America" after its wellness program helped hundreds of its employees improve their health.

It was among the 70 firms to earn the honor from Interactive Health Solutions, a provider of employee health management programs. Thousands of employees were screened in 2010 and 2011 to determine their risk for serious health problems. Employees received results and were encouraged to work with their doctors to improve their health.

Based on employees improving their health from one screening to the other and lowering the company’s overall risk, Excellus BCBS was eligible for the award for the first time in 2012.

Given its success with the program, Excellus BCBS has started to offer a similar program to employers called "Blue4U."

Todd Muscatello, vice president of sales for Excellus, said, "We learned that successful wellness programs can improve employee health and possibly save lives."