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March 19, 2012
Local Contact: Jordan Masi
Arizona State Credit Union
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Arizona State Credit Union Named 2012 Healthiest Employer in the Valley

Credit Union's dedication to wellness earns recognition

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona State Credit Union was awarded the Valley's Healthiest Employers award for its innovative workplace wellness program by the Phoenix Business Journal.

An associate-focused organization, the Credit Union offers a variety of health-promoting programs and activities including, onsite treadmill workstations, relaxation centers and yoga classes. Additionally, the local financial cooperative offers gym reimbursements and provides weight loss incentives through its partnership with Weight Watchers.

Associate health screenings, which measure blood pressure and cholesterol among other evaluations, are incorporated into the wellness program to help identify common long-term health issues. With these preventative measures in place, the screenings have encouraged behavioral changes and a reduction in chronic conditions, saving the Credit Union more than $325,000 in claims in 2010.

The program, which began in 2007 with a budget of $10,000, has experienced steady growth and retention. As a result, the program now has more than 200 participants.

"We are very proud to be recognized among other health-conscious employers in the Valley for our efforts in providing associates the option of leading a healthy lifestyle," said David E. Doss, CEO/President of Arizona State Credit Union. "We strive to focus not just on fitness and nutrition, but also on the mind, body and spirit. This unique program is a key to providing outstanding member service. By investing in our associates, we can return a significant dividend to our members."

The Valley's Healthiest Employer award was created to recognize companies committed to creating a healthy workplace. The assessment is conducted by Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employer LLC and is comprised of six key categories: Culture and Leadership, Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Communication and Marketing, Programming and Interventions, and Reporting and Analysis.

About Arizona State Credit Union
Arizona State Credit Union is a $1.3 billion full-service, not-for-profit financial cooperative with a statewide branch network serving the people of Arizona. More than 128,000 Arizonans turn to Arizona State Credit Union for outstanding service and value. Arizona State Credit Union has grown dramatically since its founding in 1951, providing a full line of financial products and services at 21 branches across the state. More than 60 years of excellence and outstanding customer service have helped the Credit Union become a six-time winner of Arizona Business Magazine's Ranking Arizona and a four-time recipient of the Peter Barron Stark & Associates Award for Workplace ExcellenceTM. Arizona State Credit Union is headquartered in Phoenix and welcomes membership from businesses and individuals throughout the state. Reach us at 800.671.1098 or visit us at www.azstcu.org.

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