American Heart Association Names Fit-Friendly Companies

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The American Heart Association says more than 50 Indiana companies have been named "Fit-Friendly" worksites. The organizations were recognized for promoting worksite wellness programs.

February 9, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The American Heart Association today recognized 57 Indiana companies and organizations as Fit-Friendly Worksites for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. Nationally, the association recognized 1,896 companies during this application cycle – one of two each year.

The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line.

Indiana companies designated this cycle as Fit-Friendly include:

Allegient Indianapolis Gold

Angie’s List Indianapolis Gold

Apex Benefits Group Indianapolis Gold

Ball State University Muncie Gold

Celadon Group Indianapolis Gold

Central Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

Citizens Energy Group Indianapolis Platinum

City of Franklin Franklin Gold

College Park Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

Community Health Network Indianapolis Gold

Cooke Medical Bloomington Gold

Deaconess Health System Evansville Gold

Deer Run Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

DeKalb Health Auburn Gold

Delta Faucet Company Indianapolis Gold

Eagle Creek Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

Eastbrook Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

ERMCO, Inc. Indianapolis Gold

Eskenazi Health Indianapolis Gold

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. Evansville Gold

Fishback Creek Public Academy Indianapolis Gold

Franciscan Alliance – Northern Indiana Region Munster Gold

Guion Creek Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

Guion Creek Middle School Indianapolis Gold

Hobart Family YMCA Hobart Gold

Indiana University Health West Hospital Avon Platinum

Ingram Micro Mobility Plainfield Gold

Interactive Intelligence Indianapolis Platinum

IU Health La Porte Hospital La Porte Gold

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Gold

J.C. Hart Company Carmel Gold

Lincoln Middle School Indianapolis Gold

MED Institute West Lafayette Gold

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Jasper Gold

Monarch Beverage Indianapolis Gold

MSD Pike Township Indianapolis Gold

Mulzer Crushed Stone Tell City Gold

Neace Lukens Indianapolis Gold

New Augusta Public Academy North Indianapolis Gold

New Augusta Public Academy South Indianapolis Gold

Oliver Winery Bloomington Gold

Pike High School Indianapolis Gold

Porter-Starke Services, Inc. Valparaiso Gold

Saint Meinrad Archabbey St. Meinrad Gold

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Mishawaka Gold

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Elkhart Gold

Snacks Crossing Elementary School Indianapolis Gold

South Bend Medical Foundation South Bend Gold

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Indianapolis Gold

Terre Haute Regional Hospital Terre Haute Gold

The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway Newburgh Gold

Tobias Insurance Group Indianapolis Gold

Unifrax New Carlisle Gold

Union Hospital Terre Haute Gold

Welborn Baptist Foundation Evansville Gold

Witham Health Services Lebanon Platinum

YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New) Evansville Gold

Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. Companies that achieve Platinum recognition — the highest tier — take the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts.

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 Companies program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit www.startwalkingnow.org.

Source: American Heart Association