SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, is being recognized by the North Bay Business Journal with a 2011 Healthiest Companies award.

EPIC is one of just 13 companies to be honored with this award in the North Bay area. Partnering with the Northern California Center for Well-Being and Health Action in Sonoma County, the North Bay Business Journal gathered nominations, conducted company surveys and completed an extensive review in order to identify award winners.

Companies receiving this award were assessed in the following areas: financial investment, employee participation, marketing, on-site wellness activities, healthy eating options, and incentive programs.

"We believe whole-heartedly in a healthy work/life balance for our employees," said Mary Smith, director of human resources. "At EPIC, our commitment to helping our employees pursue a healthier lifestyle is a natural outcome of our "people first" culture."

For two years, EPIC has delivered its employees extensive wellness programs. By providing offerings such as annual biometric screenings, the identification of major health risks, and medical benefits premium incentives, EPIC is effectively promoting a healthy atmosphere of wellness among its employees.

Employees are also encouraged to participate in community events such as the recent Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night" walk in Santa Rosa which funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer, as well as participating in daily activities such as organized group walks at lunch.

"Wellness has moved from buzzword to mainstream," said Business Journal Editor and Associate Publisher, Brad Bollinger. "These 13 companies are all leaders in an unstoppable movement toward better health inside and outside of the workplace."

About EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center):

Founded in 2007, EPIC is a new and innovative California-based retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from seven offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon) and in Baltimore, MD.

With nearly $60 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information please visit .

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