2019 Healthiest Employers of Alabama

Each year, the Healthiest Employers® awards program recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. 

The Healthiest Employers awards program is administered by Springbuk through a comprehensive online assessment to evaluate company performance spanning six key areas of health and wellbeing: Culture and Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Communication and Marketing, Programming and Intervention, and Reporting and Analytics. 

The categories and scoring were designed with the help of a non-biased, national group of representatives within the wellness and business community. After completion of the assessment, the applicants are scored with a Healthiest Employers® Index that helps rank the organization based on their unique submissions. To sign up for future announcements on Healthiest Employers, please sign up here.

We are excited to announce the 2019 Healthiest Employers of Alabama. The winners are ranked according to the top five overall companies who applied this year. Congratulations to our winners!

#1 Meredith Corporation

  • Total U.S. Employees: 5,600
  • Industry: Media/Marketing
  • www.meredith.com

Meredith Corporation is a media marketing company with 30 locations across the United States. Their wellness program provides employees with “Well-Bucks” for the completion of wellness initiatives to reimburse for shoes, fitness clothing, and exercise equipment. Over 90% of the workforce and their partners have completed the program since 2012. 

#2 Nektar 

  • Total U.S. Employees: 650
  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • www.nektar.com 

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative medicines for patients’ medical needs. Once a week, a nutritionist will come on-site to help employees make smart, healthy lunch decisions and provide meal plan mapping consultation. Their biometric screening data shows that participation increased from 76% to 80% this year and 100% of employees have optimal glucose levels. 


  • Total U.S. Employees: 10,500
  • Industry: Banking
  • www.bbvausa.com 

BBVA is a banking franchise that provides products and services to customers to assist in their financial wellness. To help employees meet and complete their goals, BBVA offers up to $1,000 toward their HSA or HRA and $600 in cash every year. Employee satisfaction surveys show that 82% of employees believe the program is satisfactory and they have completed more than 32,000 activities. 

#4 U-Haul

  • Total U.S. Employees: 13,000
  • Industry: Moving and Storage
  • www.uhaul.com

U-Haul is a storage rental and moving equipment company that has been in operation since 1945. The Healthier U Program was created by their CEO, Joe Shoen, and is actively supported by leadership. They are continuously enhancing the program to cover all aspects of health and have had over 5,000 team members participate since inception in 2016.

#5 The University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Total U.S. Employees: 16,685
  • Industry: Education
  • www.uab.edu/wellness 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a globally renowned research university and medical center that operates as the largest employer in the state. They believe that well-being is important from all aspects and are committed to encouraging employees to meet their goals. This year, their screening rates rose to 68.43% from 63% two years ago. 


  • CGI Technologies
  • Fandom
  • Inteva Products
  • INTL FCStone Inc.
  • Mercedes Benz, U.S. International
  • Safelite AutoGlass
  • Terracon Consultants, Inc.