Photos: HealthLead™ Town Hall Target with Senator Klobuchar

On Monday, April 30th, Senator Amy Klobuchar and a panel of national experts in workplace health promotion today encouraged an audience of more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government to work together to help Minnesotans adopt healthier lifestyles and reduce preventable chronic diseases. 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. See what they said.

“Wellness programs have made a major difference for employers large and small, across Minnesota”, said Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-chair of the Congressional Wellness Caucus. “We really have the opportunity to teach the rest of the country about what we’re doing, involve companies that felt they weren’t big enough to tackle this and give them models that they can use.”

“We’ve heard from employers throughout the state that their rising healthcare costs are unsustainable and they want to do something about it,” said Tom Mason, president of the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota. “HealthLead™ accreditation and Target’s culture of well-being highlight the practical next steps for employers of all sizes to get a handle on these costs.”


“Over the last decade, Gallup has worked with hundreds of organizations to help leaders create engagement and enhance the well-being and performance of their workforce,” says Jim Harter, Ph.D, chief scientist, Workplace Management and Well-being for Gallup. “The most progressive organizations not only understand that they are in the business of boosting their employees’ well-being, but they also use this as a competitive advantage to recruit and retain employees. Target is taking the lead in embracing well-being as a strategy to improve team member lives while it improves performance.”

“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 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.”

"Target has a longstanding commitment to building strong, healthy, safe communities, and we believe that this commitment starts with our own team," said Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president, Human Resources, Target. "We foster a healthy workplace and encourage Target team members to be their personal best because we know healthy team members are better able to assist our guests and contribute more actively to their communities."


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