The Inaugural Healthy10 Awards: A Powerful Testament to Business-Led Collaborations for a Healthier America

December 7, 2016

Here’s some great news and a final push: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2017 Healthy10 Awards until December 9, 2016!

So ask yourself, “Do I know a business or businesses that deserves recognition for their role in creating a healthier future? “

The Health Means Business Campaign is excited to support the Healthy10 Awards, which recognizes outstanding businesses who have collaborated together or businesses that are working to improve community health, well-being and economic equity in their communities. Businesses that are supporting consumers and their local community by incorporating the importance of health in their core business models are also eligible for recognition.

Winners will be recognized at the Healthy10 Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with Health Means Business National Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C. on February 16, 2017. The Healthy10 Awards Ceremony will be a powerful testament to what the business community can do together to achieve a healthier workforce and a healthier America for all. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), created the Health Means Business campaign to help employers recognize the importance of taking an active role in their employee’s health. Fueling the movement is the idea that the United States’ business community and its stakeholders have the ability, talent and vision to help reverse disturbing health trends that threaten America's global competitiveness.

This isn't just about employee wellness programs, this isn't just about the work of health care companies.  We’re committed to fostering all kinds of business engagement to help create healthier citizens and a healthier workforce. By utilizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s large network of businesses of various sizes, we have seen the positive impact that is created when businesses from various sectors come together for a common goal.

Businesses are taking a vested interested in their employee’s health because they know that our health conditions are influenced by where we live, work and play. These factors are greatly linked to an employee’s health and education level, as well as the economic outcomes of the employee’s community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), largely preventable productivity losses cost employers $225.8 billion, or $1,685 per employee per year. This translates to heavy financial and opportunity loss. It literally pays for the business community to get involved – as so many are already doing.

Working with a team of outstanding judges, the Inaugural Healthy10 Awards are an effective way of recognizing the outstanding work of American businesses and their cross-sector partners for their ground-breaking efforts to create healthier communities.

We hope you will submit your nominations by December 9, 2016 here. And, mark your calendar for our National Summit, February 15-16, 2017. (Registration is now open, so reserve your spot.)