Schaumburg, IL (November 7, 2012) - Crain's Chicago Business named Assurance, the second largest independent insurance brokerage in Illinois, one of the Healthiest Employers for 2012. The Illinois' Healthiest Employer award recognizes both large and small businesses dedicated to workplace wellness. This program is designed to raise awareness on what Illinois companies are doing to improve the health of their employees so that other businesses may follow their lead. For consideration, employers must complete an online assessment, which measures and scores worksite wellness programs in comparison to regional and national employers.

Assurance has maintained a strong focus in the area of wellness internally and continually promotes its value to clients through their employee benefits division. In fact, Assurance client, Centro, was also a recipient of the award as a result of Assurance's involvement in their wellness initiatives. With Assurance's Eye of the Tiger wellness program, implemented in 2005, employees can engage in over 60 company-sponsored wellness events each year, including a registered 5k. Other onsite wellness events consist of organized stair climbs, company Olympics, flag football, onsite personal training sessions, free fruit and wellness screenings, among others. Demonstrated through a comprehensive case study, the Eye of the Tiger wellness program improved employee health and controlled escalating health care costs creating a 924% return on investment.

"Even though we're an insurance brokerage, Assurance is not immune to the challenges many businesses face with escalating health care costs; implementing a wellness program and consumer-focused health plan has been a rewarding investment for our company and employees,” said Tony Chimino, Chief Executive Officer at Assurance. He continued, "We're thrilled for this acknowledgement from Crain's and hope to be a testament to the power of company-sponsored wellness programs.”

Assurance received the Healthiest Employer honor at an Awards Luncheon hosted by Crain's on Wednesday, November 7. The luncheon was held at the Westin River North in Chicago. To see the list of fellow recipients, visit www.chicagobusiness.com.