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UP takes home national health honor for the fourth time


Union Pacific Railroad recently received the Health Project’s 2005 C. Everett Koop National Health Award, which recognizes the Class I’s health care programs. A four-time recipient, UP is the only railroad to receive the non-profit health awareness organization’s award.

The railroad’s programs include a report card that provides managers metrics to gauge health improvement efforts; intervention initiatives to reduce workplace accidents and improve employees’ health; regular health screenings and fairs; and onsite occupational health nurses.

This year, UP began offering a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) that provides financial incentives if a manager is a non-smoker and completes a wellness assessment.

“We know that supporting our employees and their families in their efforts to stay healthy is a win-win – that’s why we’ve put together an extensive program of health and wellness initiatives across our system,” said UP Senior Vice President of Human Resources Barb Schaefer in a prepared statement.

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