October 25, 2013 -

Equitable Life accepted a Gold Award Thursday, October 24th at Waterloo Region's Annual Healthy Workplace Awards celebration.

The intent of the Healthy Workplace Awards Program is to "recognize and celebrate workplaces in Waterloo Region that demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the health of their employees."  Workplaces who receive an award have demonstrated that they provide a variety of activities to enhance the health of their employees and work environment.

To win a Gold Award, organizations are required to fulfill the award criteria in at least three categories. Equitable Life met the requirements for the "physical activity," "healthy eating" and "tobacco-free living" categories by offering a range of strategies, including awareness-raising, skill-building, supportive environments and policy development.

"At Equitable Life, we want to support and actively foster a healthier work environment for all staff," says Don Bisch, chair of Equitable Life's Wellness Committee. "This award is truly a reflection of the contributions of all our Wellness Committee members."

Since its creation in 2009, the Wellness Committee, has:

  • Launched a Health Assessment tool allowing employees to identify their health risks and develop strategies for improving their wellbeing;
  • Implemented various onsite programs including fitness classes and table tennis tournaments;
  • Hosted a full slate of events to promote Healthy Workplace Month, including an annual health fair;
  • Held several employee health challenges targeted at improving fitness and eating habits;
  • Hosted lunch and learns on nutrition, fitness and stress management;
  • Installed a salad bar and introduced more healthy options in the on-site cafeteria; and
  • Introduced healthy eating, a physical activity and non-smoking policies to encourage, support and actively foster a healthier work environment for all staff.

"The award also recognizes our efforts to integrate initiatives of our Wellness Committee with Equitable Life's many ongoing Human Resource programs and benefits," says Bisch. "For example, we offer our employees flu shot clinics, online health and wellness resources and an Employee Assistance Program that provides access to support from professional counselors."  As well, Equitable Life offers a Wellfit Account that allows employees to submit reimbursement claims for fitness classes, gym memberships, registrations for organized sports, formal weight loss programs and more.

About Equitable Life of Canada

Since 1920, Canadians have been depending on Equitable Life of Canada for financial protection. We offer a wide selection of competitive Individual Life and Health, Group Life and Health, and Savings and Retirement products to meet a range of financial planning and health needs. As one of Canada's largest mutual life insurance companies, Equitable Life is dedicated solely to its policyholders. Everything we do is focused on providing them with personalized service, security and wellbeing. Equitable Life employs more than 500 staff members at its head office in Waterloo and in regional offices across Canada. The Company is represented by more than 10,000 independent advisors serving Equitable Life policyholders across Canada and in Bermuda.


Media Relations Contact:
Don Bisch
Director of Corporate Communications