ACI Specialty Benefits Wellness Efforts Spotlighted by Virginia Business Journal

When a company implements a high-performance wellness program it’s important for employees to go the extra mile.  At US Joiner/Turnbull LLC, they decided to take it the extra 38,900 miles.

Over the past year, US Joiner, a civilian military marine vessel outfitter, has made employee wellness a top priority.  Teaming up with leading employee wellness provider, ACI Specialty Benefits, US Joiner implemented a program focused on engagement, motivation, accountability and results.  Through an array of wellness challenges, coaching, online support portals, and personalized program promotional and informational materials, US Joiner has pushed employee engagement upwards of 30%–more than double national averages.

The success is tangible.

During a six-week “Cruising Treasure Island” challenge designed by ACI Specialty Benefits, the employees of US Joiner were equipped with personal pedometers and an online tracking platform to organize daily progress.  The program was incentive-based with prizes being awarded to the top individual and group winners, and through enthusiastic executive-level buy-in and extensive program promotion, the results were wildly successful.
“The high rate of utilization and impressive results are a testament to the will of US Joiner and Turnbull employees and the experience, expertise and dedication of the ACI Specialty Benefits CORE Wellness team,” proclaims US Joiner Human Resource Manager Laura Bendler.  “The sense of personal responsibility instilled in our employees along with the commitment and attention to detail provided by ACI Specialty Benefits has been our recipe for success—they know how to get the job done.”

The employees of US Joiner totaled over 38,900 miles collectively—enough to go around the world 1.5 times—and Gary Black of Crozet, Virginia, walked 1.5 million steps on his own to earn the top individual prize.

“US Joiner has embraced the CORE Wellness program wholeheartedly, and their creation of a happier, healthier workforce has set the bar in terms of effort, executive-level buy-in, engagement and results,” exclaims ACI Wellness Director Alison Glenn.  “ACI Specialty Benefits is honored to reward US Joiner/Turnbull LLC and all its employees with the distinction of 2011’s Healthiest Company.”

The CORE Wellness program offered by ACI features a turn-key high-touch, hands-on health and productivity management program featuring user-friendly tools that offer 24/7 instant access to wellness benefits and services tailored to personal health issues.  Here employees are able to design, implement and track personalized exercise and diet plans with the support of experienced wellness professionals in order to attain personal health and wellness goals, and significantly decrease health care costs.

“The implementation of the CORE Wellness program has served as a beacon of light in employee health for a multitude of employers nationwide,” proclaims ACI Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ann Clark.  “With the annual per-employee health care costs rising at an alarming rate with each new year, employers are noticing the significant return on investment that high-performance wellness programs like CORE Wellness are returning to their bottom line, and taking action to ensure the long-term success of their businesses as well as building a workforce of happy, healthy bodies and minds.”

To view the article published in the Charlottesville Business Journal, please follow this link.

About US Joiner

US Joiner installs and outfits high quality marine interiors for large, oceangoing vessels. If you need to furnish the marine interior of a commercial or passenger ship, oil platform or a military vessel, US Joiner will bring its considerable knowledge and capability to outfit your marine interior effectively and efficiently, while delivering the utmost quality, dependability and service.

Media Contacts:

Laura McDermott
Media Relations Manager
ACI Specialty Benefits
6480 Weathers Place, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92121
(800) 932-0034

Anthony Shideler
Media Relations Specialist
ACI Specialty Benefits
6480 Weathers Place, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92121
(800) 932-0034

About ACI Specialty Benefits

ACI Specialty Benefits ranks in the nation’s Top-Ten providers of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), corporate wellness programs, student assistance, corporate concierge, and work/life services to corporations worldwide. ACI partners with clients to Perk Up employee engagement and performance with benefit programs that improve morale, productivity and the bottom-line. With a 95% customer retention rate and over 7 million lives covered. ACI remains a privately-owned specialty benefits corporation, headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit or call 800.932.0034.
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