CARY, N.C. (February 16, 2015)--The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has accredited A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies in Burlington, MA with the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM recognizing the company’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.
This nonprofit organization of CEOs, founded by former President George H.W. Bush, created the Gold Standard in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), many of its designated cancer centers, and other leading health organizations. The Gold Standard requires employers to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture, and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to reduce the risk of cancer in the workplace.
“A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies is leading by example in promoting healthier behavior,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. “I hope their vision and commitment to better health will encourage other employers in Massachusetts and across all industries and geographies to become Gold Standard accredited.”
To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts, further encouraging prevention by promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials. Today, over four and a half million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of more than 170 employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
A.I.M. Mutual recently earned industry recognition for its innovative Injury Prevention and Worksite Wellness initiatives for policyholders. The company has its own active worksite wellness program, which includes on-site fitness, health screenings, and access to weight loss and smoking cessation sessions.
“We are honored to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation,” said A.I.M. Mutual President & CEO Michael Standing. “We are committed to the prevention and early detection of cancer and chronic disease for our employees and their families.”
In addition to NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 NCI-designated cancer centers and more than 60 other hospitals have earned Gold Standard accreditation. CEOs from many industries are keenly aware of the life-improving impact they can have on health and controlling healthcare costs when they address cancer and other chronic diseases. Gold Standard employers include: Avis Budget Group, Harvard School of Public Health, Lowe’s, Aetna, State Farm, Hogan Lovells, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, SAS and many Blue Cross affiliates.
About A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies
A.I.M. Mutual provides workers compensation insurance coverage to approximately 16,000 employers throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. For more than 25 years, the company has been known for its innovation in providing industry-leading insurance services. A.I.M. Mutual is sponsored by the Commonwealth’s largest employer association, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, which has more than 4,500 employer members.
About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to address cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard and the free web-based accreditation process, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.
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Therese Martin, Project Manager