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For Immediate Release: Contact: Doris Konicki
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Marianne Dreger
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Marathon recognized for best corporate health program

ATLANTA, May 7, 2003—Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, and its parent company, Marathon Oil Company (collectively referred to as Marathon – headquartered in Houston, Texas), were awarded the 2003 Corporate Health Achievement Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Marathon was selected based on its exemplary programs and practices that protect the health and safety of employees and the communities in which they work.

One such program, “Well ALL Ways,” invites employees and their spouses to participate in preventive screening tests, on-site biometric evaluations, a reimbursement program for fitness activities, and a health risk assessment in which more than 80 percent of employees participate. The program is also one of a pioneering few that offers free colonoscopy screening to qualifying employees, retirees, and their spouses.

Several components of Marathon’s overall program received ACOEM’s designation of “model practice,” highlighting them as best-in-class examples to be emulated by other companies. Included in this category is a current international public health initiative aimed at eradicating malaria on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. Other outstanding aspects of the award-winning program include occupational hygiene, employee and community protection through hazard awareness training and disaster drills, and commitment to continuous improvement through benchmarking and data analysis.

The Award was presented today during ACOEM’s annual American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Atlanta, Ga. Randy Lohoff, Senior Vice President of Health, Environment, Safety and Public Affairs for Marathon Ashland Petroleum, and Dan Sullenbarger, Vice President of Health, Environment and Safety for Marathon Oil Company accepted the Award on Marathon’s behalf. “We are honored to be recognized by the College with this prestigious award. At its essence, it serves to exemplify the hard work and dedication of each of our employees involved with health care,” said Lohoff. “It acknowledges their deep commitment to their profession, the company they work for, and the splendid care they render the employees in its service.”

ACOEM, an international medical specialty society of more than 6,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians and other allied health professionals, recognizes the best corporate health programs in America through its sponsorship of the CHAA competition. The Award honors and provides national recognition to North American corporations and institutions exhibiting excellence in employee health, safety, and environmental management, and recognizes the finest health programs in America. Competing organizations are judged on their commitment to, and excellence in, creating comprehensive and innovative health and safety programs. Examiners look for measurable results in 23 quality categories covering four areas – healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy company, and management and leadership. Founded in 1916, ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. The College is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill.

GlaxoSmithKline is the co-sponsor of the Corporate Health Achievement Award. GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies, and is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, and live longer. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom with operations based in the U.S.

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