Southcoast Health recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
Selected organizations have taken steps to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast Health announced today that it has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
“Physical activity and employee wellbeing are important priorities at Southcoast Health. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Kristi Aimone, Wellness Coordinator at Southcoast Health. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”
- Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.
- Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.
- Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.
- Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
- Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
“Southcoast Health is committed to the health and wellbeing of our employees as well as that of the communities we serve. To support this effort, we offer a variety of onsite programs and events to our employees such as, Mindfulness at Work, yoga, Zumba, Farmer’s Markets and CSA’s, as well as healthy choice options in our cafeterias,” said Aimone. “We also partner with Virgin Pulse which offers a platform that promotes gamification strategies that encourage our employees to not only be more physically active but also to make healthier lifestyle choices. Employees who participate wear an activity tracker that records their steps, miles and calories per day which allows them to monitor their progress and make improvements to their health and wellbeing. Employees are also able to keep track of their blood pressure and weight through onsite health stations.”
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.
American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, visit heart.org/worksitewellness.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.