Press Release: Wespath Center for Health Receives NBGH Award

November 29, 2016


For Immediate Release

Contact: Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications
(847) 866-4296 or

Glenview, IL—The Wespath Benefits and Investments’ Center for Health was awarded the 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® (BEHL) Silver award from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). The BEHL award recognizes companies for their innovative and comprehensive approaches to the health and well-being of employees, families, and the communities in which they live. This is the fourth recognition that Wespath Center for Health (CFH) has received from NBGH; previously receiving BEHL awards in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Broader Assessment
This year’s recognition reflects a broader assessment of a program’s impact on the health of an organization’s employees since NBGH expanded the BEHL application criteria. In response, CFH submitted criteria across five dimensions of health and well-being: emotional, physical, financial, social and spiritual. The change in criteria resulted in fewer organizations receiving awards.

For the first time, NBGH examined how wellness programs impact the bottom line of an organization, assessing the link between wellness programs, increased productivity and engagement, and the core business of the organization. The CFH broadened its award submission data beyond HealthFlex plan results to include the wellness impact on behalf of the broader United Methodist Church. For example, financial well-being was highlighted in the 2016 application, as well as spiritual well-being—a unique area of impact for Wespath and the UMC.

Rooted in Wesleyan Teachings
The CFH submission was based on John Wesley’s teachings on wholistic living, demonstrating that wellness has been a part of the UMC thinking and practice since the 1700’s. Nurturing the link between well-being of clergy and the vitality and effectiveness of the UMC mission has been the goal of the Wespath Center for Health since its inception.

Wespath staff being presented the BEHL award

Photo: Brain Marcotte, President of the National Business Group on Health presents the 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Silver award to Center for Health Wellness Team members Shelly Brooks-Sanford and Todd Creviston.


About Wespath Benefits and Investments
Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, with Church-authorized fiduciary responsibility for the benefit plans it administers and the assets it invests.

As a division of Wespath Benefits and Investments, the Center for Health seeks to improve multiple dimensions of health and well-being—physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial—of clergy and lay workers of The United Methodist Church and their families. The Center for Health offerings include strategic consultation and collaboration for plan sponsors, comprehensive programs, information and educational resources focusing on wholistic health and wellness, long-term clergy health monitoring and assessments, and network coordination with other UMC agencies, seminaries and conferences.

Prudent investment management decisions are an ongoing, long-term priority, supporting benefit plans for over 100,000 participants and approximately $21 billion in assets managed on their behalf, and for many United Methodist-affiliated endowments, foundations and other institutions. This fiduciary obligation reflects the stated values of the Church and helps ensure financial, environmental and social sustainability across all investments.

Wespath is the largest reporting faith-based pension fund and among the top 100 pension funds in the United States. As a sustainable investor, Wespath is committed to active ownership through corporate and public policy engagement, proxy voting and the management of excessive sustainability risk. Through its Positive Social Purpose Lending program, Wespath invests in affordable housing, community development and expanded loan opportunities for disadvantaged communities worldwide.


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



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