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Dow Receives 2008 C. Everett Koop Award National Health Award from The Health Project


The Dow Chemical Company has received the prestigious C. Everett Koop National Health Award from The Health Project for promoting a healthy workplace and for providing employees with the tools, knowledge and environment that encourage a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families.

“Employee health is vital to the success and sustainability of the company, and protecting people is a key part of Dow’s corporate values,” said David Kepler, Dow Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer. “I am extremely proud to be recognized for our efforts towards improving employee health.”

The award gave special notice to the success of Dow’s LightenUP program, a four-year National Institutes of Health sponsored study, conducted to identify effective actions or programs and services that assist employees in managing their weight and overall health while at work. Dow was one of five winning companies which received the award during the 2008 Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Conference.

“Dow is committed to helping address major health challenges worldwide and to be a driving force for positive change in health and human progress, and it starts by building and strengthening a culture of health with our own employees,” said Dr. Catherine Baase, Dow’s global director of health services.

The C. Everett Koop National Health Awards are given each year to worksite, community, or provider programs which have soundly documented improved health and decreased medical costs.

“Dow has a very impressive program that produced favorable changes in key health indicators like weight, BMI, BP, tobacco, and alcohol use,” said James, F. Fries, M.D., chair of the award program’s selection task force. “The program shows an organization with extensive organizational commitment to improved health, and that program is doing sound and effective work at the very cutting edge of excellence.”

About Dow

With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the “ Human Element ” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

About The Health Project

The Health Project (THP) is a private-public organization formed to bring about critical attitudinal and behavioral changes in the American health care system, so that providers and consumers employ its vast resources with increasing knowledge and understanding.


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