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Velcro Companies Recognized with 2023 Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation™

Manchester, NH – March 12, 2024 – Cigna Healthcare has selected Velcro Companies as a recipient of its 2023 Silver level Healthy Workforce Designation for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and vitality of its employees through a workplace well-being program.

Hooked on Health, the company’s U.S. corporate wellness program, encourages and supports employees to maintain and improve their overall wellness by offering health education seminars and wellness challenges. Recognized with a Healthy Workforce Designation for the fifth consecutive time, Hooked on Health empowers Velcro Companies’ U.S. colleagues to take ownership of their own wellness journey.

“As we build a strong, high-performing organization, we need to create a culture that focuses on enabling our employees to take ownership of their wellness journey to provide better outcomes,” said Augie Schulke, VP, Global Human Resources. “By investing in a wide variety of healthy lifestyle learning opportunities and exercise challenges, our colleagues and their families are empowered to create a customized wellness journey and enjoy a long, happy and healthy life.”

Vitality is defined as the capacity to pursue life with health, strength and energy. It is both a driver and an outcome of health and work/life engagement, and Cigna Healthcare believes it is not only essential to individuals, but also a catalyst for business and community growth. Research conducted as part of the Evernorth Vitality Index confirms that those with higher vitality experience better mental and physical health along with higher levels of job satisfaction and performance. An opportunity remains for employers as less than one in five U.S. adults report having high levels of vitality. A workplace well- being program that takes a comprehensive approach to employee health can be critical in boosting vitality and building a workforce that experiences better overall health and job productivity.

“Higher vitality is linked to a more motivated, connected, and productive workforce,” said Kari Knight Stevens, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, The Cigna Group. “Employers that foster vitality will fuel a healthier workplace and drive business and economic growth. That’s why we’re proud to recognize employers for their efforts to prioritize multiple dimensions of wellness, build a culture of health, and boost employee engagement.”

The Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation evaluates organizations based on the core components of their well-being program, including leadership and culture, program foundations and execution, policies and accommodations, and additional areas. Organizations recognized with this designation set the standard of excellence for organizational health and vitality. Cigna Healthcare is proud to honor Velcro Companies with the Silver level designation for having made good progress towards a healthy work culture by establishing and growing their employee well-being and engagement program.

About Velcro Companies

Velcro Companies is a technology-driven, global organization providing fastening solutions that solve problems in simple, elegant, and surprising ways for businesses and consumers around the world. With more than 60 years of experience, Velcro Companies are proud of their heritage in innovation. Velcro Companies owns over 400 active patents and numerous trademarks, including the VELCRO® mark, which is registered throughout the world. Velcro Companies offer global resources for world-class solutions, with manufacturing locations in Spain, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Uruguay and China and sales offices around the world.

Media Contact:
Mark Elliott, APR
Velcro Companies
(603) 260-1336

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