The programs designed to help Nemours associates achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle helped Nemours Children’s Health System rank as the 66th healthiest employer in the nation, according to a list released at the Fitbit Captivate Conference in Chicago earlier this month.

The 2017 Healthiest Employers Award Program recognizes companies that achieved success in improving the health of their employees through wellness programs.

Among the programs at Nemours that helped the health system earn top honors:

— 83 percent associate completion rate for wellness programs where industry norms are 50 percent.

— A reduction in risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.

— Innovative activity programs, like DocWalks, in which physicians volunteer to lead a walk around the grounds of the hospital campus. During this time, associates may ask questions about general health and wellness for themselves and their families.

Companies honored by the Healthiest Employer Award Program ranged in size from 13 employees to more than 160,000 employees. The 100 winners were selected from more than 1,800 applicants.

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