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


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

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been awarded the highest level of achievement – gold level status – in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 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. The collective weight loss of the 60 employees in the 2018 challenge was just shy of 360 pounds.

“Our program stems from the recognition that wellness and work-life balance are essential to creating a happy and productive workplace where associates are energized to do their best work,” says Jeff Shonka, FICOH’s President and CEO.

More than 1000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75 percent received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.

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 $659.0 million, liabilities of $377.5 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $281.5 million as of December 31, 2017.

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 more than 330 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was named Best Large Business by Pacific Business News in 2017 and has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement for 2018.

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