updated 5/24/2011 6:16:27 AM ET 2011-05-24T10:16:27

SAN DIEGO, May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Specialty Health (ASH), a national health and wellness organization, was recognized for the fourth year in a row with a Gold "Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle" by the National Business Group on Health for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging its workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Because ASH designs and offers workplace wellness programs to health plans and employer groups across the nation—and also implements those programs within its own organization—the company takes great pride in "walking the talk" when it comes to wellness.

ASH was among 48 U.S. employers that received the 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. Some of ASH's clients are also NBGH award winners and include Aetna, CIGNA, and Cummins.

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of 2 categories: Platinum, for established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes and Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.

ASH's Healthyroads® wellness program offerings include the award-winning, Engage! Creative Group health promotion services for employer group clients; onsite health education programs; an integrated wellness website and wireless technology that help employees monitor their progress and stay motivated; and incentive programs that include rewards for healthy living. ASH's corporate headquarters also provides its employees with discounted healthy food and beverage snacks in its vending machines, an onsite store with discounted health products, and access to a fitness center plus an exercise room onsite. Benefit-eligible employees also have access to the Healthyroads Coaching® Program for weight management, tobacco cessation, stress management, and healthy living.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 325 members include 66 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

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

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