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The American Cancer Society Continues to Lead Workplace Wellness Effort

June 07, 2011
Cary, NC

The American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division and Great West Division have received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing their commitment to reducing cancer risk by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment for their own employees and their covered family members.

Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than two million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers like the American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division and Great West Division who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of these American Cancer Society divisions in the fight against cancer, starting with improving the health and wellness of their own employees,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi.  “I hope their commitment will encourage other employers, large and small, to become Gold Standard accredited.”

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.