September 22, 2016

CLEVELAND – Medical Mutual of Ohio is one of 13 U.S. employers to receive the 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Platinum Award for having one of the best workforce well-being programs in the nation.

The award is the highest honor presented by the National Business Group on Health. It recognizes Medical Mutual for implementing a workforce strategy that has a demonstrated, positive impact on all aspects of employee well-being.  This marks the second time Medical Mutual has received a Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.

The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of 425 large U.S. employers, announced the award September 15 during its fall conference in Washington, D.C.

“Our progressive approach to employee health and wellness is what earned our company this recognition,” said Rick Chiricosta, Medical Mutual president and CEO. “I credit our wellness team for creating appealing and effective programming for our employees.”  

“Building a culture of health that included well-being as part of our strategy boosted participation in wellness initiatives and helped create healthier, more productive employees,” said Cindy Ballog, Medical Mutual’s manager of health promotion, wellness and disease management.

“Our programs help employees identify and improve upon specific areas of health risk, and provide the interventions, tools, resources, motivation and support to achieve and maintain high-level well-being,” Ballog said.

“We congratulate Medical Mutual of Ohio for its dedication to improving the well-being of their employees,” said Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health.  “We commend the company and its leaders for their innovation.”

Overall, 55 companies were recognized with 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards.  In addition to the 13 Platinum Award honorees, 42 other companies were honored with Gold and Silver awards for having a strong commitment to holistic well-being or demonstrating emerging well-being strategies, often with a focus on physical health.   


About Medical Mutual of Ohio – Founded in 1934, Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest and largest health insurance company based in Ohio. For more than 80 years, the company has served customers with high-quality, affordable group and personal health insurance plans, and third-party administrative services to self-insured group customers. As a mutual health insurance company, Medical Mutual is unique in that it operates for the benefit of its members. Unlike publicly-traded insurance companies that must maximize their financial return, Medical Mutual does not answer to stockholders or Wall Street analysts.  For more information, visit the company’s award-winning web site at

About the National Business Group on Health® -- The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health improvement, innovation and health care management. The Business Group leads initiatives to address the most relevant health care issues facing employers today and enables human resource and benefit leaders to learn, share and leverage best practices from the most progressive companies. Business Group members, which include 72 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit