Willis Re-launches “Winning With Willis” Website
Broker Collaborates with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to Deliver Actionable Health Content on its Consumer
New York, NY, February 2, 2010 – The Human Capital Practice of
Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the
re-launch of “Winning With Willis,” its innovative consumer health and wellness portal designed
to help companies lower healthcare costs by encouraging employees to lead healthier
The “Winning With Willis” website (www.winningwithwillis.com) was originally launched
in October 2008 as the industry’s first broker-branded consumer portal. The revamped site
adds new features and content, including health and wellness information from the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This information, along with new interactive
tools like a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator and a monthly “Health
Challenge,” are designed to help people improve their health and well being and support
behavior change. By addressing demand at the consumer level, Willis is working to
establish the foundation for solving one of the biggest issues facing employers today:
rising healthcare costs.
“The Willis Human Capital Practice is focused on helping companies engage employees and their
family members in making better decisions about nutrition and exercise,” said
, Chairman of the Willis Human Capital practice. “By increasing personal commitment to health
and well-being, we believe we can help solve one of the greatest problems
of the century - healthcare demand.”
Providing accurate, relevant and actionable health information is key. “Winning With
Willis” now offers weekly Healthy Headlines, relevant In The Know health topics, and
a suite of Healthy Living information from the CDC. Barton said, “We are
thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with the CDC to promote their
content, tools and resources with our clients, their employees and family members.”
Kathleen Skipper, Director of Public and Private Partnerships at the
CDC, said, "We look forward to working with Willis to advance our common
interest in the health of Americans. Together, we will continue to explore additional
opportunities to collaborate in the coming year."
“Winning With Willis” continues to provide access to “The Biggest Loser
League,” a social-networking site connected with the hit NBC TV show that provides
a support forum for like-minded individuals who want to lose weight. Jillian Michaels,
the renowned personal fitness trainer from the show, is also featured on the
site, which acts as a onestop shop for fitness tools, tips and planning.
The “Winning With Willis” website also includes an innovative feature
called “Willis Rewards,” an incentive program that encourages exercise and other healthy behaviors
by offering employees discounts on their favorite merchandise and services from more
than 2,000 top retailers and manufacturers. Employees obtain points for engaging in
healthy activities or achieving other employer-determined milestones, and can redeem those points for
discounts of 15 percent to 40 percent, and more.
In addition, a Virtual Health Fair is available on the
“Winning With Willis” site for users to access additional reputable health websites to
continue their education in healthier lifestyles. The Virtual Health Fair serves as a
public access resource center for credible content on general health issues, disease-specific support
and other health-related and family care topics.
“Consumer outreach and awareness programs are a big part of
our change strategy,” said Barton. “Through ‘Winning With Willis,’ we offer a content
and tool-rich environment to support healthy decisions, including reward mechanisms to encourage participation
and sustain model behaviors.”
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker, developing and
delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting
and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis
has more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of
approximately 20,000 Associates serving clients in approximately 190 countries. Additional information
on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
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