National Business Group on Health Honors Walgreens with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award

Walgreens Recognized for Second Consecutive Year for Promoting Healthy Work Environment and Lifestyles

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 – The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, today honored Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) for the company’s ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging employees and families to maintain healthy lifestyles. Walgreens received a gold award for its “You and Walgreens” company wellness program for the second consecutive year.

“You and Walgreens” provides access to a variety of health and wellness resources, including free health testing, wellness programs, personal health coaches, tobacco-free program, fitness center, weight management programs, on-site Healthy Living Centers and more, for more than 250,000 Walgreens team members and their families.

“We have a strong commitment to keeping our team members and our organization healthy, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in creating cultural and environmental programs that support employees in their lifestyle, and also foster behavior change to improve overall health and wellness,” said Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Walgreens senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “By giving our employees the most helpful tools and resources, we’re practicing every day our company’s overall purpose, which is to help people get, stay and live well.”

Walgreens was among 63 U.S. employers that received the 2014 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.

“We are very pleased to honor Walgreens for its dedication to providing programs that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees and families,” stated Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “Walgreens is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Its management team should be proud of their efforts and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

About Walgreens
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,216 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.

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 392 members include 69 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

SOURCE: Walgreens