What Champions Are Saying

We love hearing from our champions on how and why they're engaging in community wellness. Here's a sampling of what #HMBChamps are saying about the movement.

"I was pleased to participate in the Health Means Business forum and have the opportunity to speak about a cause that aligns so closely with our own organizational health and wellness initiatives that include creating health-focused programs for youth in our community. We are proud to take the Health Means Business Wellness Pledge and encourage everyone in Cleveland to join this growing national movement. Take the pledge and join the cause!"  – Len Komoroski, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO

"The reality is that health is an important issue – to our families, to our businesses, and our economy. Each one of us has to also realize that our health often is in our own hands. I commend the Health Means Business Campaign for launching its national Champions Network and I encourage businesses and individuals in my state to become involved by taking the Wellness Pledge. – The Honorable Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma 


"As Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, my top priority was to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those least able to help themselves. I congratulate the Health Means Business campaign on their recent successes and join in the call to become health care champions. Our country must be healthy to compete in the global marketplace. I commend the U.S. Chamber Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on their leadership and urge all citizens to take the pledge toward greater health and wellness." – The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson, Former HHS Secretary and former National Governors Association Chairman

“There's a strong business case to be made for advancing the issue of health. Not only can employers be role models for healthy living, but the role that companies play outside of the workplace is essential to America’s long term competitiveness, how we address the issue of economic inequity and ultimately end persistent poverty. I applaud the US Chamber Foundation for showcasing how businesses can lead this growing movement that empowers people above all. I urge all businesses, large and small, to take the Health Means Business Wellness pledge and become a champion in their own community.” Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-chief, Forbes Media

"Communities have an incredible opportunity to make an impact on the lives of their citizens, employees and future leaders by prioritizing health. In Fort Worth, we are taking the Health Means Business Wellness Pledge because we know that a healthy city is a stronger, more productive and competitive environment. Plus, when you get down to it, there is a critical link between the health of our citizens and our ability to compete in the global workforce.” – Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth, Texas

“A healthy workforce is a sustainable workforce. If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation can help set the agenda and businesses hear the message over and over, that will help keep state and local businesses at the table to continue moving the needle. A national network of businesses championing community health is a strong step in the right direction.” – Jim Reynolds, CEO, Total Comfort Solutions and Founding Member of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina

“The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce was honored to host the first Health Means Business forum – and we're excited to be among the first to take the Health Means Business Wellness Pledge! Employers are in a strong position to have a meaningful impact on the health of America's workforce. The Health Means Business movement takes this even further by building awareness of the critical link between a strong educational system, a built environment that inspires health and increases access, smart workforce planning, our health and wellness community and the broad business community.” – Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

“People often say health is wealth and I agree. It is critical for our workforce to strive toward a culture of health, where healthy living is celebrated and encouraged. A healthy lifestyle does not stop when an employee comes to work on Monday morning or leaves on Friday for the weekend. As Indiana State Health Commissioner, I work every day to help create the environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice. I’m proud to take the Health Means Business Wellness Pledge.” – Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, Indiana State Health Commissioner

"Community Health Charities is proud to work with the US Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business initiative as they partner with businesses of every size and scope to encourage employees to be catalysts for health and wellness in their communities.  Community Health Charities’ mission – to connect people who care with causes that matter – enables access to key information about health issues that empower individuals to participate in and advocate for improvement in the health and well-being of their families, their co-workers, and their communities. More than 1600 businesses are already helping their employees make a difference in health by partnering with Community Health Charities and its 2000 member organizations.  We congratulate the Chamber Foundation’s leadership in health and look forward to supporting their ongoing efforts in the future." – Tom Bognanno, CEO, Community Health Charities

“GSK’s mission is to help people do more, feel better, and live longer. To live our mission, we must go outside the doctor’s office and address health challenges where they start – in our communities. Through our GSK IMPACT Awards and Grants, and together with the Health Means Business Campaign and the Health Champions Network – welcome initiatives of the US Chamber Foundation – we want to engage more businesses of all sizes in the important work of building healthier communities.” – Katie Loovis, Director, Corporate Responsibility, GSK

“Making Northeast Ohio a healthier place filled with healthier people would be a monumental achievement that would benefit everyone, today and for generations to come. So our institutions and individuals all have a shared cause and a stake in success. This community has trusted University Hospitals as a health care leader for 150 years. So it stands to reason that UH should provide leadership as we all work together toward a community of health for the future. We join with the Health Means Business team in taking the Wellness Pledge – and will encourage our community to join this growing national movement.” – Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio

"Chronic diseases such as depression, diabetes, hypertension and obesity can lead to a decline in the overall health of employees in a workplace, contribute to an increase in health-related expenses for employers and employees, and lead to lower productivity and/or days of work missed. There is a huge role for businesses to play in the reduction of all of these debilitating, yet often preventable diseases. We commend the U.S. Chamber Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for harnessing the power of America's businesses to think outside the box toward low-cost, high impact solutions to improve the health of all Americans."  John Auerbach, MBA, Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"When people are physically and emotionally healthy, they're happier, more productive and more engaged. And that's the key to business performance - whether our job is to manufacture, innovate, or educate. The best way to be healthy is to find ways to make physcial activity, a good idet and activities that inspire emotional and spiritual health a delightful part of our daily lives. So consider our work locations as our health and fitness centers. They're convenient - we're at work all the time - and our hallways and stairs can be an indoor track of sorts. We can hold more walking meetings. We can choos to walk during lunch, take the stairs instead of the elevator. When we hit a roadblock in our thinking or writing, we can take a walk to get inspired. Is your office too cold? Take a walk to warm up. Work life doesn't have to be sedentary. By incorporating activity into our work culture, we can work smarter and achieve more - including increased wellness."  Dr. Deborah German, Vice President for Medical Affairs; Dean, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

"In the District of Columbia, we recognize that there is a link between a healthy DC and a productive DC. I am pleased that the business community is taking a step to advance community health. I commend the US Chamber Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their leadership in bringing together business and community leaders.” – Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.



"I am so pleased to join the Health Means Business Champions Network and take the pledge to help the business community build community support for families facing the chronic and life-threatening conditions of a child. By going beyond normal workplace practices, the business community will have a long-lasting positive impact on the ongoing life of the family.  It will also impact the workplace in a positive way by maintaining employees who might otherwise have to quit their job to help provide care for a young child, thus further strengthening the family and their community. I commend the U.S. Chamber Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson for their insight and look forward to becoming involved." – Ann Armstrong-Dailey, Founding Director, Children's Hospice International (CHI)

"80% of our health status is based on where we learn, live, work and play. So if we want to talk about our health, we need to talk about the quality of our neighborhoods." – Elizabeth Sobel Blum, Senior Advisor of Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas



"The convening of diverse partners … added value in expanding our reach and connections to new partners, and old partners who were newly energized. The facilitated discussions … added distinctive value, more than many convenings of this type, by creating actionable next steps … It’s difficult to “come to town” and put an event together like this, and create any enduring impact.  I think the way the meeting was structured, and the people around the table, helped make this the “campaign” that you were hoping it would be, rather than a one-time meeting." – Shepard Nevel, CEO of LiveWell Colorado