03 Mar. 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 3, 2010) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced it has achieved national Gold Well Workplace designation by Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), becoming one of only two North Carolina companies honored in 2009 for its commitment to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of its employees.
Well Workplace designation is a rigorous process, which measures companies against seven health-focused benchmarks, including CEO support, creating cohesive wellness teams, data collection to drive health efforts, crafting an operating plan, choosing appropriate interventions, creating a supportive environment and consistently evaluating outcomes.
"The health and well-being of our employees are essential to our success, and one way we continually invest in our employees is by providing a cutting-edge wellness program," said Ed Murray, senior vice president of human resources. "We are pleased WELCOA has recognized our accomplishments, which we believe are an integral part of the culture necessary to recruit, develop and retain the brightest talent for PPD."
PPD's health and wellness campaigns include creative, engaging programs like Hoofin' Through the Holidays, a healthy holiday program, Biggest Loser, World No Tobacco Day and Kick Off Your Tailgate With Fruits and Vegetables, all designed to educate and empower employees to make healthy lifestyle choices.
"PPD has demonstrated its commitment to becoming one of America's healthiest companies, and WELCOA is pleased to recognize its excellence in workplace wellness programs with a gold designation," said David Hunnicutt, Ph.D., president of WELCOA.