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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Earns Gold in 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index


Kaela Wasnich, Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
(808) 527-7388

HONOLULU – For the third consecutive year, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been awarded the highest level of achievement – gold-level status – in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index.

The index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of companies’ workplace health programs. A unique feature of the index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

FICOH’s wellness program includes an online health management system in which associates can earn cash rewards by participating in activities; annual biometric and health risk assessments that provide associates with individual reports on their overall well-being and health; and wellness events organized by an employee committee. For the past several years, the company also has offered a weight loss competition. Their wellness program is open to all 336 associates based out of FICOH’s two offices in Honolulu and Kapolei.

“The goal of our program is to help our associates maintain a healthy lifestyle regardless of whether they are working from home or at the office. We recognize that wellness and work-life balance are essential, especially now, as we deal with this global pandemic,” says Jeff Shonka, FICOH’s president and CEO.

FICOH is one of three companies in Hawaii to receive gold recognition this year, and one of 776 organizations nationwide that completed the assessment. Benchmarking reports allow company officials to identify potential areas of improvement so they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward optimal heart health.

About First Insurance Company of Hawaii

Founded in 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $675.4 million, liabilities of $409.3 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $266.1 million as of December 31, 2019.

First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs 336 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was named one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for 2019 by Hawaii Business magazine. It was also awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement for 2020.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.