CINCINNATI, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) was recognized recently for the company's commitment to employee health and wellness by both the National Business Group on Health and the American Heart Association.
"Kroger is committed to giving our associates the tools to improve their health in both big and small ways," said Theresa Monti, Vice President of Total Rewards. "We're making great progress in improving our health, and these awards recognize our efforts both individually and as an entire company. Our success in becoming a healthier workforce directly improves our personal and work lives, which also benefits our customers."
The National Business Group on Health recognized Kroger as a first time Gold winner for the 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards. This coveted award recognizes the best workplace well-being programs for employees and their families, both in the U.S. and globally.
For the second consecutive year, Kroger received the American Heart Association's Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition. The company has been recognized for its initiative in areas such as offering employees physical activity options in the workplace, providing or increasing healthy eating options at the worksite, and demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners.
SOURCE The Kroger Co.