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National Business Group on Health Awards Willis North America Platinum Medal for Promoting Healthy Workplace

NEW YORK, July 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) has again recognized Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, as one of the nation's leading companies providing comprehensive programs that enable a healthy workplace and promote healthy lifestyles for employees and their families.

This year Willis received a Platinum medal for its comprehensive wellness program, marking the second consecutive year the firm has been recognized by NBGH.

The NBGH's Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyle Award recognizes employers that have truly embraced a culture of wellness and are working collaboratively to improve their employees' health, productivity and quality of life. Willis was among 63 employers recognized in 2014. Frank Garvey, Willis Group's Head of Compensation and Benefits accepted the award on June 25 at the NBGH's Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.

"Willis recognizes that fostering a healthy workplace and creating cultural programs to support employees and their families is critical for the success of our business," said Todd Jones, CEO, Willis North America. "Willis is committed to improving the health of our employee population, while controlling rising health care costs for wellness program participants - and our current wellness program is a testament to that. We bring this same level of commitment and expertise to clients in helping them create Total Reward strategies for their own firms," Jones added.

Willis North America's cutting-edge health and wellness program is uniquely designed to be fully integrated with the lifestyles of employees, providing the necessary tools to help employees find a good work and life balance. In partnership with third-party providers, Willis delivers individual and personalized action plans, with available resources and support lines to help employees maintain their goals, while providing incentives to engage, educate, and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health commented, "Willis is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Willis and its management team should be proud of their efforts and we congratulate them on receiving this award."

About Willis

Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 18,000 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our experts rank among the world's leading authorities on analytics, modelling and mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Find more information at our website, www.willis.com, our leadership journal, Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on breaking news, WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 392 members include 69 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

CONTACT: Media: Colleen McCarthy +1 212 915-8307 colleen.mccarthy@willis.com Investors: Peter Poillon +1 212-915-8084 peter.poillon@willis.comSource:Willis Group Holdings