News Release

Verizon Wireless Wins Gold

Company is Recognized By The Wellness Councils of America As One of America's Healthiest Companies

October 24, 2005

Brian Wood
Brian.Wood@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-7901

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's most reliable wireless service provider, is also one of the nation's healthiest companies. The Wellness Councils of America recently awarded Verizon Wireless with a Gold Well Workplace award as part of its America's Healthiest Companies program, which recognizes quality and excellence in worksite health promotion.

Verizon Wireless was given this honor in recognition of its commitment to provide resources to its 52,000 employees to help them improve their health and well-being. Verizon Wireless currently operates 20 on-site fitness centers and employs a full-time staff dedicated to the health and wellness of employees. For $15 a month, employees have access to top of the line fitness equipment, health programs and seminars, smoking cessation classes, health fairs and screenings, flu shots and much more. Additionally, employees receive three "Quality at Work" messages per week, with motivational messages, and health and wellness information.

Companies participate in a lengthy application process for Well Workplace awards and are measured against national standards set by the Wellness Councils throughout the country. Companies are judged based on seven benchmarks: Capturing on senior level support; Creating cohesive wellness teams; Collecting data to drive health efforts; Crafting an operating plan; Choosing appropriate interventions; Creating a supportive environment; and Consistently evaluating outcomes. This year, Verizon Wireless was one of only 19 companies awarded the Gold Well Workplace award.

The Well Workplace recognition is one of many Verizon Wireless has received this year. Recent awards include:

  • "InformationWeek 500" - InformationWeek Magazine
  • "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" - Working Mother Magazine
  • "Best Diversity Campaign in 2004" - Employment Management Association
  • "Best Wireless Company to Work For" - TelecomCareers.Net JobSeeker Survey
  • "America's Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" - DiversityBusiness.com
  • "Top 100 Training Organizations in America" - Training Magazine

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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