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Cigna Announces New Wellbeing Ambassador

Award-winning wellbeing columnist and blogger, Rachel Grunwell is unveiled as Cigna’s first Wellbeing Ambassador.

Cigna New Zealand announced today its first Wellbeing Ambassador. Wellbeing columnist and blogger, Rachel Grunwell has been selected for the role. Rachel is also director of wellbeing website, a marathon runner, yoga teacher, an Ambassador for the Achilles charity - and a busy Mum of three young boys. As Cigna Wellbeing Ambassador, Rachel will be providing tips and inspiration on fitness, nutrition and wellbeing via videos, blogs and Q&A sessions on social media.

Cigna research* has found that while 81% of Kiwis agree that exercising on a regular basis greatly impacts their own physical health and wellbeing, only a quarter think that they perform well in this area. This is combined with 72% of Kiwis believing that they have an unhealthy weight, and 69% wanting to eat a more well-balanced diet.

Cigna NZ CEO, Lance Walker says that these figures show that Kiwis clearly want to improve their fitness and nutrition, but something is holding them back. “Cigna wants to support Kiwis with their desire to improve their wellbeing by providing tools to help us all live well and stay well. We see the Cigna Wellbeing Ambassador as being a great way to provide some inspiration and motivation for people wanting to get started or move further along on their wellbeing journey.”

“We’re really pleased to have formed this partnership with Rachel,” says Lance. “Rachel’s wellbeing expertise is a great match with Cigna’s aim to empower Kiwis to live well and stay well, physically, emotionally and financially.”

Auckland-based Rachel will come to Wellington on February 21 to take part in Cigna Round the Bays. She will guide a blind Achilles athlete through the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon via a guide rope and voice commands. Achilles is proudly supported by Cigna and is the official charity of Cigna Round the Bays. The charity supports Kiwis with any kind of disability to participate in mainstream running events, nationally and internationally.

Find out more about Rachel and check out her videos and blogs at

*Cigna 360 Wellbeing score

The Cigna 360° Wellbeing Score has been established as the first of an annual index that will continue to identify and monitor the factors, motivations, perceptions and attitudes that impact an individual person’s, as well the region’s, health, wellness and wellbeing. It is an independent study commissioned by Cigna and conducted by Ipsos that initially covers Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Korea, New Zealand, and the UK. Data is collected online from a representative random sample of 1,000 people in each country, totaling 6,000 people. The New Zealand survey results provide insightful information that allows Cigna to better meet the needs of Kiwis with relevant products and service solutions at the various stages of their lives.

The 2015 results will be released later this month.