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Hastings Mutual Recognized as an Elite Wellness Champion


Hastings, Michigan – November 5, 2012:  Hastings Mutual Insurance Company was recently recognized as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest Wellness Champions for 2012 by the Michigan Business & Professional Association. Newly launched this year, the Best and Brightest Wellness Champions awards program celebrates organizations that promote the health of their employees by making their workplace and community a healthier place to work and live. In addition to being named a Wellness Champion, Hastings Mutual was honored with the Elite Award in the Best of the Best Medium Business category.

“Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce, said Jennifer Kluge, Michigan Business and Professional Association /Michigan Food and Beverage Association president. “This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to healthy employees, healthy families, and a healthy community.”
Fitness and wellness is an integral part of the culture at Hastings Mutual. The company offers extensive employee wellness support including Weight Watchers groups and onsite fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, and boot camp aerobics. In addition, Hastings Mutual brings in registered dieticians to help employees create a personalized nutrition program. Fees for these programs are rebated to employees who maintain weight loss and a healthy lifestyle over time.

“The wellness initiatives of our employees have created a spirit of health and wellness at Hastings Mutual,” said Julie Hutchins, human resources manager at Hastings Mutual. “Employees are taking control of their lives by getting healthy and, as a result, the business is being transformed. We are thrilled to be recognized as an Elite Wellness Champion.”

To determine the companies who would take home the Elite category awards, the Best and Brightest Wellness Champions used the WellCompanies assessment, created and administered by Wellco, the nation’s leading wellness systems provider. Nominated companies were put through an examination based upon eight criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness: policies, environment, leadership, awareness-motivation, assessment-intervention, incentives-integration, measurement, and health care costs. This year’s elite winners excelled in all criteria required.

“While there are countless evaluations, this is the first to recognize and improve wellness effectiveness. Employers want to know what is proven to make a difference in their bottom line. The WellCompanies Assessment is the only system of its kind to quantify, track and improve wellness program success,” said Scott Foster, Wellco president. “We were very impressed with this year’s Elite winners. They have set the bar high.”

About Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company is an award-winning, A. M. Best: A+ rated, regional Property Casualty insurance company. Hastings Mutual operates in six the Midwestern states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The company, based in Hastings, Michigan, was founded in 1885. Hastings Mutual writes commercial, farm, and personal lines business through a network of independent insurance agents. For more information about Hastings Mutual visit the company website at or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Best & Brightest Wellness Champions

The Best & Brightest™ Wellness Champions is an innovative initiative that recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in worksite health promotion.  The program highlights companies that promote a culture of wellness, and those that plan, implement, and evaluate efforts in employee wellness promotion.  The Best and Brightest™ Wellness Champions uses the WellCompanies™ assessment, created and administered by Wellco, the nation's leading wellness systems firm. This is the premier awards symposium that celebrates the companies that are making their business, their employees and the community a healthy place to live and work.

About Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA)

Based in Warren, Mich., the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 200,0000 persons. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like.  Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive insurance rates. The MBPA is a sister association to the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA) with more than 3,400 members. Visit them online at or 

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