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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a “Health Champion” designation from the American Diabetes Association.

The designation recognizes companies that inspire and encourage organizational well-being and are part of the association’s “Wellness Lives Here” initiative. To become a Health Champion, organizations must meet healthy living criteria in three different areas: nutrition and weight management, physical activity, and organizational well-being.

“Our employees are our greatest assets, and we want them to live healthier and less-stressful lives,” said Susan Jacobs, Newport News’ vice president of human resources and administration. “In order to help our employees, we have taken a holistic approach to ensure that our workforce and their families have access to the tools, information and education they need to help them make healthy lifestyle choices.”

In 2014, HII launched a major benefits and wellness initiative designed to provide its employees with health and wellness options beyond primary care physician visits. Part of this initiative involved opening HII Family Health Centers at the company’s Newport News and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. The Family Health Centers are operated by QuadMed, a third-party vendor, and are available to eligible employees and their dependents. These employees and dependents also have access to Teladoc, a telemedicine program that allows patients to talk to board-certified physicians via telephone, mobile app or computer. Another aspect of the benefits and wellness initiative is HII’s tobacco-free incentive program, which offers discounted health care rates for employees who do not use tobacco.

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Amy Iveson (right), a benefits manager at HII, and Gabrielle Willis, a senior program coordinator at Interactive Health, display a plaque designating HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division as an American Diabetes Association “Health Champion.” Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

The company also offers an on-site wellness program to its employees that is operated by Interactive Health. The program provides health screenings, healthy living learning opportunities and flu shots, and it facilitates company-wide physical challenges such as the annual NNS 5K Fun Run/Walk. More recently, HII initiated a financial wellness program that assists employees with financial evaluation, planning and budgeting.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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