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Health 22 Oct 2019

Three cheers for an award-winning wellness program

The American Heart Association (AHA) yesterday named BBVA USA to its 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index, a comprehensive annual survey that uses science-based and evidence-informed methods to evaluate the overall effectiveness of workplace health programs across the nation.

This marks the third year the bank has received the Gold Status Health Achievement Award, reflecting the company’s commitment to providing an exceptional health and wellness program for its employees and their spouses.

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which employers build a culture of health for their employees in the workplace and implement more than 55 workplace health best practices, as defined by the organization. Out of 938 companies recognized by the AHA, 27 percent achieved Gold level status with an Index score of 175 - 217 out of a maximum 217 points. BBVA score of 199 was 98 points higher than the average for companies in the Finance and Insurance sector.

Houston: Bringing the age of opportunity to everyone begins with our most valuable asset, our employees.

“We’re proud to have achieved Gold status for a third consecutive year,” said BBVA USA’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Talent & Culture Executive Rosilyn Houston. “Bringing the age of opportunity to everyone begins with our most valuable asset, our employees. BBVA’s continued investment in our award-winning Wellthy for Life program is a tangible way we’re bringing this belief forward.”

For third consecutive year, BBVA USA earned American Heart Association's Gold Status Achievement Award, reflecting the bank's commitment to employee health and wellness programs. With an index score of 199 out of 217 points, BBVA USA exceeded the average Finance and Insurance sector score by 98 points.

The bank’s Wellthy for Life program is a holistic approach to health and wellness that encompasses physical, medical, mental/social and financial aspects of life. Employees who participate in the program have the opportunity to earn up to 1,000 points by participating in wellness activities, including healthy living “LiveWell” webinars, the SmartDollar financial wellness program, volunteering, and Whil mindfulness training. For employees enrolled in BBVA’s health plan, each Wellthy for Life point is converted into a dollar and deposited into either a Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Account throughout the year.

“We designed Wellthy for Life with the understanding that everyone’s wellness journey looks different,” said BBVA Senior Vice President of Corporate Wellness and Benefits Amanda Creel. “Now, more than 60 percent of employees actively participate in the program on a monthly basis, which underscores the value it offers.”

For more information on the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index, visit