OMAHA, Neb., July 30, 2012 — Union Pacific Railroad was the only railroad named one of the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award winners from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH).The award recognizes employers that responded to the need to improve their workers' health, productivity, and quality of life.
Union Pacific has received this honor each year since the award's inception in 2005.
“Enjoying good health lets our employees spend quality time with families and friends, and makes for a safer work environment,” said Barb Schaefer, Union Pacific senior vice president - Human Resources. "It is also important that our employees maintain good health so we can serve our customers to the best of our abilities. Union Pacific is an employer of choice because we help our employees reach their wellness goals, and we are honored to be recognized for this by the National Business Group on Health."
Union Pacific Wellness, the railroad's health promotion initiative, encourages employees to lead a healthy life. The program assesses and provides intervention support for 11 health risk factors: asthma, blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, diabetes, fatigue, inactivity, nutrition, smoking, stress and weight. Risk identification and reduction programs consist of wellness assessments and biometric screenings, lifestyle management, tobacco cessation, system health facilities, education programs, research grants and injury prevention.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America’s iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.