National Business Group on Health Recognizes Verizon as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles

Verizon's commitment to helping employees lead healthier lives has earned the company a spot on the National Business Group on Health's 2012 list of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles.  It is the fourth time that Verizon has been named to the list.

Verizon empowers its employees to "be well, work well" by providing innovative programs that encourage healthy lifestyles.  The company provides 100 percent coverage for preventive care, and numerous free resources that help employees make better choices about health and well-being.

This includes 44 Health & Wellness Centers that are located on company sites and provide exercise coaching, nutrition and weight management, and more. Employees can create their own health action plans and work with onsite coaches to set goals, and track and meet health objectives. In company locations without a wellness center, employees have access to telephonic coaches for weight management, an online interactive health portal, tobacco-cessation tools and discounted memberships at more than 2,000 health clubs.

"Encouraging a healthy lifestyle is good for our employees both personally and professionally, which is ultimately a positive for our business" said Donna Chiffriller, vice president of benefits for Verizon. "We're honored to once again have our commitment to employee wellness recognized by the National Business Group on Health."

Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, said: "We are very pleased to recognize Verizon for its ongoing commitment to providing health improvement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees.  Verizon and its management team should be proud for their dedication and recognizing the importance of promoting and maintaining a healthy workforce. We congratulate them on receiving this award."

Verizon spends nearly $4 billion annually to provide health care benefits for almost 800,000 employees, retirees and their dependents.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.