updated 5/23/2011 6:16:28 AM ET 2011-05-23T10:16:28

SAN DIEGO, May 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthyroads, the Total Population Health Management subsidiary of national health and wellness company American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH), announced the winners of its second annual Fit Company Awards. Eight companies were honored with either gold, silver, or bronze distinctions.

The list of Healthyroads Fit Company Award® winners includes:

Medium Business Category

  • Gold: Longmont Hospital
  • Gold: Rain for Rent
  • Gold: Symetra Financial
  • Silver: St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
  • Bronze: JT3

Large Business Category

  • Gold: Beckman Coulter
  • Silver: Newell Rubbermaid
  • Bronze: Southern California Schools Employee Benefits Association (SCSEBA) Joint Power Authority

Entrants were judged on a point scale according to 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 industry veterans Dr. Cathy Baase (global director of health, Dow Chemical), and Dr. Gary Frost (CEO, Frost & Associates), in addition to ASH officers George DeVries (CEO and chairman), Douglas Metz, DC (chief health services officer, executive VP), and Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier (clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona and UCSF Schools of Medicine and ASH VP, health affairs).

"Wellness initiatives are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace in order to increase productivity and improve the vitality and energy of employees," said George DeVries. "Having a well-rounded and engaging program is not only a critical recruiting tool, it is also a sound and sustainable business model. Each of these companies should be extremely proud of its efforts to create healthier, happier employees."

About American Specialty Health and Healthyroads

American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is a national health and wellness company that provides prevention and wellness services, specialty network programs, and fitness and exercise services to health plans, insurance carriers, employer groups, and trust funds. Based in San Diego, ASH has more than 800 employees and serves over 25.9 million members.

Healthyroads, Inc. is the Total Population Health Management subsidiary of ASH and offers a wide range of personal health solutions--including award-winning telephone-based lifestyle and health coaching programs, member engagement promotion programs, incentive management programs, competitive challenges, worksite wellness programs, and/or an integrated online health improvement portal, Healthyroads.com. Healthyroads offers wellness and prevention programs to more than 6.1 million members nationally.

For more information about ASH health and wellness programs, visit ASHCompanies.com or call (800) 848-3555. Follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ASHCompanies or www.Twitter.com/Healthyroads !

CONTACT: American Specialty Health
         Meredith Mulligan
         (619) 578-2000
         meredithm@ashn.com
         
         Debby Clark
         800.848.3555
         debbyc@ashn.com

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