Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cigna Foundation Convenes Dubai Workplace Wellness Summit Oct. 11; Food Banking Regional Network of Dubai among Employers on Agenda

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Wednesday, October 5th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Food Banking Regional Network of Dubai is among leading employers who will speak at the Cigna Foundation Workplace Wellness Summit taking place Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Employers, NGOs, academicians, medical professionals and others with an interest in the health and well-being of Dubai and the UAE are invited. Seating is limited and there is no registration fee. To register, contact Media interested in interviews or attending the event can contact

“At the Food Banking Regional Network, we believe that the health of our workforce, volunteers and beneficiaries is our true asset. When we succeed in securing satisfactory health conditions, the whole community will thrive. That was the motive behind launching Food Bank’s programs that focus on community health, such as school feeding and vertical agriculture programs to provide healthy, organic food to our employees, students and beneficiaries at a convenient cost or free for those who cannot afford it,” said Rasha Nafea, deputy general manager, Food Banking Regional Network, Dubai. The organization’s mission is to eliminate hunger through founding, developing and supporting food banks in the region in cooperation with a broad spectrum of partners, sponsors and members.

Nafea is part of an employer panel discussion at the Summit on “Creating the Design: The Architecture of a Healthy Workplace,” in which a cross-section of top Dubai employers will provide real-life experiences in promoting health among their workers and offering best practices on ways to engage employees in the process.

“We believe the workplace can make a positive impact on health, not only for employees but for their families, and for the communities where they live and work,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation, which has sponsored similar events in London, Shanghai and Mumbai.

There are many employer activities that can contribute to improved community health, according to Nafea. “This includes workplace design and organization, the development of convenient support programs that originate from real needs in the community and are tailored to match cultural differences, creating awareness of health care and community wellness, and engaging multiple stakeholders to secure sustainability of the achieved goals,” she said.

At the Summit, Howard Gough, Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) chief executive for Cigna, will welcome participants and deliver remarks on the role that health and wellness companies can play in the future of health in the UAE. Other speakers include Dr. Jose Quesada, chief medical officer-Global Markets, Cigna; and Dr. Ruchika Mukherjee, vice president, Clinical Department, SAICOHEALTH, who will discuss “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Finding Scalable Health Solutions to Address Unique Cultural Needs.”

About the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 90 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit


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