2019 Healthiest Employers of Minnesota

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 Minnesota. The winners are ranked according to three different employee size categories: Under 500, 500-5,000, and 5,000+ employees. 

Congratulations to this year’s winners and honorees!

Under 500 Employees

#1 Minnesota Air, Inc. 

  • Total U.S. Employees: 82
  • Industry: Wholesale – HVAC
  • www.mnair.com 

Minnesota Air, Inc. is a distributor of equipment and supplies for heating, air, ventilation, and refrigeration. They provide employees with weight loss contests, on-site flu shots and clinic appointments, healthy lunch options, and much more. In the past 7 years, biometric screening shows that smoking among employees has decreased by 50% and 98% of the total workforce participated in a screening.

#2 Kudelski Group

  • Total U.S. Employees: 350
  • Industry: Technology
  • www.nagra.com 

The Kudelski Group is a world leader in convergent media solutions and digital security. Their wellness program differs each year based on feedback from employees on the positives or negatives of the previous year’s initiatives. This year, they focused heavily on meditation and mindfulness tools in addition to financial and physical programs that were already in place. 

#3 City of Woodbury 

  • Total U.S. Employees: 249
  • Industry: Government
  • www.woodburymn.gov 

The City of Woodbury is Minnesota’s 9th largest city with a population of roughly 70,000 residents. They work to create a culture of wellness throughout all departments of the organization. Their wellness program began in 2013 and has continued high levels of engagement with a 98% participation rate in 2018. Employees enjoy completing activities together and the friendships they create in the process. 

#4 Warners’ Stellian

  • Total U.S. Employees: 462
  • Industry: Retail
  • www.warnersstellian.com 

Warners’ Stellian is a specialist in retail appliances and has been in operation for over 60 years. Participation in free screenings, health fairs, clinics, flu shots, and activities have almost doubled from previous years. Employees have responded positively to the benefits offered through the Warners’ Stellian wellness program, and their employees continue to receive support from upper management.

#5 Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

  • Total U.S. Employees: 47
  • Industry: Utilities
  • www.smmpa.com 

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency is an electric utility that generates reliable wholesale electricity to 18 municipally-owned member utilities in Minnesota. Every year since 2011, they celebrate Health and Fitness month in May by encouraging biometric screenings, nutritional seminars, stress management sessions, massages, and financial assistance resources. 

500-5,000 Employees

#1 JE Dunn Construction

  • Total U.S. Employees: 3,372
  • Industry: Construction
  • www.jedunn.com 

JE Dunn is a family and employee-owned general building contractor with 20 locations across the country.. Despite having a wellness program that is 10 years old, JE Dunn Construction continues to see high levels of engagement and an ongoing commitment to wellness from senior leadership. They offer monetary incentives to employees for being tobacco free, completing program requirements, and completing outcomes-based biometrics.  


  • Total U.S. Employees: 4,722 
  • Industry: Consulting
  • www.cbiz.com 

CBIZ delivers financial and benefits insurance services with roughly 100 offices across the country. Last year, they saw an average reduction of 51% in member costs per month and starting in 2017, they began offering a health pregnancy program. This program allowed expecting mothers to receive support from clinical staff and promote prenatal health. 

#3 Great River Energy

  • Total U.S. Employees: 866
  • Industry: Utilities
  • www.greatriverenergy.com 

Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that generates electricity to 28 member cooperatives. Their long term healthcare strategy supports both employees and their families to live healthier lives and manage rising healthcare costs. The program provides resources to encourage associates to make informed decisions and have the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 for completion of the health management program. 

#4 UMB Financial Corp

  • Total U.S. Employees: 3,566
  • Industry: Finance
  • www.umb.com 

UMB Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company that was founded in 1913. Their biggest indicator of success in the wellness program is their 80% program engagement rate and excitement in the progress of the program. They believe it has been important to personalize programming, as everyone’s goals and needs are different.

#5 Prime Therapeutics

  • Total U.S. Employees: 3,176
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • www.primetherapeutics.com 

Prime Therapeutics is a pharmacy benefit manager with 27 million members through health plans, government programs, and employers. They have offered wellness screening opportunities to employees and their spouses since 2010 and today, 71% of employees participate. In 2018, 5,775 pounds were lost among 733 employees and nicotine use has declined by 4.2% since 2012.  

5,000+ Employees

#1 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.

#2 Allina Health

  • Total U.S. Employees: 27,000
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • www.allinahealth.org 

Allina Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system that is committed to enhancing lives throughout western Wisconsin and Minnesota. They believe that in order to provide the best care for patients, they need to form a culture in which health is a focus for employees too. Going beyond physical health, they also have health snacks, host regular lunch and learns, and have quiet rooms for meditation and reflection. 

#3 Safelite AutoGlass

  • Total U.S. Employees: 12,000
  • Industry: Auto Glass Repair
  • www.safelite.com 

Safelite AutoGlass is the country’s largest provider of glass repair and replacement services for automobiles with stores in all 50 states. They are committed to their employees and offer holistic well-being resources in a multitude of areas. An important aspect of their wellness program is the opportunity to give back to the community. Each employee receives two paid days a year to give back. 

#4 BNSF Railway

  • Total U.S. Employees: 43,000
  • Industry: Transportation
  • www.bnsf.com 

BNSF Railway helps connect the country’s marketplace and has played a role in the nation’s economy for more than 160 years. All of their wellness programs are voluntary, but have seen incredible results. Hundreds of employees are screened at on-site locations, with less than 5% of associates not participating. They also have on-site staff that are dedicated to the culture and understand the daily stress of the job.  

#5 CenturyLink

  • Total U.S. Employees: 38,000
  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • www.centurylink.com 

CenturyLink is one of the country’s leading communications providers for global enterprise customers. Their Total Health Immersion Program provides qualified employees with an all-paid, 8-day, off-site health program that focuses on health conditions and fitness routines. These employees also work one on one with a physician for added long-term, personalized success. 


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