John Hancock Recognized by National Association for Business Resources among the Nation's Best and Brightest in Wellness® for 2016

BOSTON, February 28, 2017 – The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has named John Hancock among the nation's Best and Brightest in Wellness®. The Best and Brightest in Wellness®, is a national program that honors companies and organizations that promote a culture of wellness.

John Hancock was recognized for introducing a whole new kind of life insurance that features an integrated wellness program. Through its exclusive US-partnership with Vitality, the global leader in integrating wellness benefits with life insurance products, John Hancock's industry-first solution, called John Hancock Vitality, provides policyholders with financial protection, while rewarding them for making healthy choices. With John Hancock Vitality, policyholders earn points for the everyday things they do like exercising, purchasing healthy food, visiting the doctor, and staying tobacco-free. The more points they earn, the greater opportunity they have to earn rewards from national retailers – and save money on their life insurance premiums.

"We are pleased to recognize John Hancock among our Best and Brightest in Wellness winners for its commitment to improving the lives of its customers by delivering products and services that both protect their financial security as well as help them in their pursuit of living a longer and healthier life," said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president.

"When you think about it, the integration of life insurance with a wellness program makes so much sense due to the long-term alignment of insurer and customer interests - it's truly a win-win proposition," said Brooks Tingle, senior vice president, John Hancock Insurance. "We are proud to be the first company in the U.S. to leverage wearable devices and other technologies to offer our customers the opportunity to earn premium savings and rewards simply by engaging in everyday healthy activities. And even though we're in the early stages, we're already seeing results. For example, John Hancock Vitality members logged an average of 9,205 steps per day during the first year of the program, compared to the typical U.S. adult, who took an average of 5,900 daily steps.1"

The 2016 Best and Brightest in Wellness® winning companies were evaluated by an assessment, created and administered by SynBella, the nation's leading wellness systems firm. Company entries are examined statistically for quantitative data and examined on a point system based upon criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness. They include outcomes, analysis and tracking, participation & incentives, benefits and programs, leadership, employee input, culture and environment.

An annual program of the National Association for Business Resources, The Best and Brightest in Wellness® celebrates those companies that are making their businesses more healthy, the lives of their employees better and the community a healthier to place to live. The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers.

1 LiveScience, The Truth About '10,000 Steps' a Day, March 07, 2014.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were $977 billion (US $728 billion) as at December 31, 2016. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at

Insurance policies and/or associated riders and features may not be available in all states.
Vitality is the provider of the John Hancock Vitality Program in connection with policies issued by John Hancock.

Insurance products are issued by: John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), Boston, MA 02210 (not licensed in New York) and John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York, Valhalla, NY 10595