The Vitality Group Congratulates Alcon for Success and Recognition of Health and Wellness Program Alcon honored with the 2010 Champions in Health Award

FORT WORTH, Texas and CHICAGO, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vitality Group, developer of an incentive-based health and wellness program, congratulates Alcon Laboratories, Inc. for receiving the 2010 Champions in Health Award.

Champions in Health is a collaboration of government agencies, health organizations, academia, businesses and health professionals who recognize exemplary wellness programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Alcon received the award in the "Large Company" category at the 2010 Champions in Health Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Tarrant County Public Health and The Health Industry Council Foundation.

Alcon, the world's leading eye care company, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment and devices, and consumer eye care products for more than 180 countries. The company is committed to the promotion of health in all communities and puts this belief into practice in its own employee population through support of a comprehensive and integrated corporate health and wellness program.

"While we are proud of Alcon's efforts to make programs available to improve the health and wellness of the organization, credit is also due to our employees who are taking an active role in their health," said Don Snyder, director of Global Benefits & Health, Alcon. "We have made significant strides in helping our employees and their families lead healthier lives. Vitality has helped us provide an inclusive program that incentivizes our employees to participate in a broad range of health-related activities, such as preventive screenings, starting a fitness routine or achieving a goal of lower blood pressure."

Alcon's Vitality program is a comprehensive incentive-based wellness initiative that is a key component of the company's other health and wellness efforts including medical plans, disease management programs, U.S. onsite wellness and fitness centers and an onsite medical clinic in its Fort Worth location. The Vitality program is provided by The Vitality Group.

"Alcon is an excellent example of how promoting health has a positive impact on a company's bottom line and provides real value for the health benefit dollar," said Arthur C. Carlos, CEO of The Vitality Group. "Alcon's Vitality program promotes a culture of health that integrates activities and incentives to encourage employees to choose healthy behaviors and make smarter choices. We congratulate Alcon on receiving this industry recognition, a true testament to the high engagement and broad participation rates we've seen them achieve in their program."

About The Vitality Group

The Vitality Group is a member of Discovery Holdings Limited, a leading international financial services institution founded on the principles of consumer engagement and wellness and the originator of the Vitality health promotion program. Vitality wellness programs serve more than 1.7 million members in companies in a wide range of sizes and industry categories, improving individuals' health and well-being as well as employers' and health plans' bottom lines. Early adopters in the United States include some of America's most forward-thinking companies. They join global organizations in the United Kingdom and South Africa who together are proving the effectiveness of the Vitality health enhancement solution in reducing healthcare costs. www.thevitalitygroup.com

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