Schaumburg, Ill. (August 14, 2018) – The American Heart Association recently announced their 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index. Assurance, a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage, achieved Gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace through its Eye of the Tiger wellness program.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75% received either Gold, Silver or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement to advance their annual performance and recognition. 

“Achieving Gold in the Workplace Health Achievement Index is such a nice honor, especially for the Wellness Committee members here at Assurance who volunteer their time planning programs and initiatives for employees and their families centered around living a healthy lifestyle,” said Michele McDermott, senior vice president of human resources at Assurance. She continued, “This award also shows that our employees don’t just ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to maximizing health either – they truly ‘walk the walk’ and embrace Assurance’s culture of wellness.”

Assurance continues to improve its wellness program year-after-year to be effective and user-friendly for all employees. This year, the company switched technology platforms to enhance the program by:  

  • Having access to a mobile app to easily track wellness activities
  • Adding mental health components to the program
  • Providing 100+ personal challenges that allow employees to pick and choose wellness goals meaningful to them

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. Visit Assurance at

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.