ACS Presents Five Excellence Awards
The awards honored Quest Diagnostics, Walmart, and three others for promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing cancer risks among their employees.
The American Cancer Society has presented Awards of Excellence, Excellence in Cancer Control, Excellence in Employee Engagement, Excellence in Employee Giving, and Excellence in Tobacco Control – part of the annual American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Awards -- to five corporate partners.
"Research shows that employers have a unique opportunity to make a difference in today's workforce through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives," says John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of ACS. "As the society celebrates 100 years of helping people get well and stay well, fighting back, and finding cures for cancer, we are proud to recognize companies who emphasize the importance of cancer prevention, are working to reduce cancer risk among their workforce, and are helping the Society fight one of the greatest economic burdens of all leading causes of death worldwide."
- Walmart will receive the Award of Excellence for corporate and employee giving, customer engagement, volunteerism, and promoting employee health and wellness benefits, policies, and programs.
- Moda Health will receive the Excellence in Cancer Control award. For eight years, the company has been a corporate champion and flagship sponsor for the society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® program.
- Quest Diagnostics will receive the Excellence in Employee Engagement award. Employees participated in more than 60 Relay For Life® and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in 2012, raising more than $250,000 for ACS.
- City National Bank will receive the Excellence in Employee Giving award. Since 2008, City National Bank has included the American Cancer Society in its strategic choice workplace giving campaign, raising more than $160,000 in 2012 for ACS.
- Bob Evans Farm, Inc. will receive the Excellence in Tobacco Control award. It introduced the Quit For Life program with smoking-cessation resources free to employees last year. In January 2013, the company launched a tobacco-free policy covering all 45,000 employees at 565 restaurants and five food production plants and transportation centers across 19 states.