2.2.2016 : Harden Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
Harden, one of the Southeast’s leading insurance, risk management and employee benefits firms, 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 wellness are important priorities at Harden. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said M.C. “Ceree” Harden III, CEO of Harden. “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.
To achieve Platinum status, Harden implemented a points-based system that rewards employees for being physically active, eating a healthy diet, and taking other preventive measures to promote good health. Employees have access to an on-site health coach, discounted healthy snacks, on-site exercises classes and free annual health screenings.
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.
Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. Qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.
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, call 904.256.5700 or visit heart.org/worksitewellness.