Nick Baird, M.D., CEO of US Healthiest, Showcases HealthLead™

Video: see Nick Baird's remarks at the town hall event

On April 30th, more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government gathered for a panel discussion among national experts in workplace health promotion moderated by Senator Amy Klobuchar. Hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, the event highlighted HealthLead™ accreditation – the emerging standard in workplace health promotion – and Target’s award-winning culture of well-being.

The event showcased a new tool for advancing workplace well-being: HealthLead™, a rigorous accreditation program developed by US Healthiest for employer-driven health and well-being programs. HealthLead™-accredited employers large and small are curbing the rising costs of health care, improving productivity and attracting more top talent thanks to their investment in employee health. The accreditation process includes an online assessment and site visit by a HealthLead™ accreditation team to audit the organization’s well-being programs against established standards and promising practices. US Healthiest recently completed alpha and beta testing of HealthLead™ and will launch the accreditation program nationally in June.

“HealthLead™ accreditation is a game-changer that puts employee health on the agenda in board rooms and C-suites, doing for human capital sustainability what LEED certification has done for environmental sustainability,” said J. Nick Baird, M.D., CEO of US Healthiest. “Our alpha and beta test worksites – including Target, HealthPartners, ING and the Sabes Jewish Community Center here in Minnesota – are using their well-being initiatives and HealthLead™ accreditation to drive improved health, productivity, business outcomes and organizational performance.”

Baird is CEO of the Alliance to Make US Healthiest (US Healthiest), a collaboration of national, state and local public health, business, nongovernmental organizations and consumers committed to making the United States the healthiest nation in a healthier world.


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