The American Heart Association today recognized 30 Indiana companies as Fit-Friendly Companies for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. Nationally, the association recognized 1,376 companies — an all-time high. More than 2 million employees participated in the programs.
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.
Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.
Indiana companies designated this month as Fit-Friendly include:
Community Hospital of Bremen, Bremen (Gold)
J.D. Byrider Systems, Inc., Carmel (Gold)
RCI, Carmel (Platinum)
CNO Financial Group, Carmel (Platinum)
Cummins Technical Center, Columbus (Gold)
Harrison County Hospital, Corydon (Gold)
Deaconess Health System, Evansville (Platinum)
Ash Brokerage Corporation, Fort Wayne (Gold)
Britton Marketing & Design Group, Fort Wayne (Gold)
Central Branch YMCA, Fort Wayne (Gold)
Lutheran Life Villages, Fort Wayne (Gold)
PHP, Fort Wayne (Gold)
Raytheon NCS, Fort Wayne (Gold)
Spiece Fitness, Fort Wayne (Gold)
Jorgensen Family YMCA, Fort Wayne (Gold)
AJP CORP, Goshen (Gold)
Duke Realty, Indianapolis (Gold)
AAR Aircraft Services – Indianapolis, Indianapolis (Gold)
BSA LifeStructures, Indianapolis (Gold)
Peerless Pump Company,Indianapolis (Gold)
American Structurepoint, Inc., Indianapolis (Gold)
St. Vincent Health, Indainapolis (Gold)
UnitedHealthcare of Indiana / Kentucky, Indianapolis (Gold)
Emmis Communications, Indianapolis (Gold)
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Lafayette (Platinum)
Bayer HealthCare, Mishawaka (Gold)
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie (Gold)
Floyd Memorial Hospital, New Albany (Gold)
Memorial Hospital of South Bend, South Bend (Gold)
Medco Health Solutions, Whitestown (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.
The American Heart Association said that companies can save up to $15 for every $1 spent on health and wellness within 12 to18 months of implementing a worksite wellness program. Each employee who works to lower their risk status saves their company an estimated $53 per year; these savings remain each year that employee maintains the low-risk level.
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, call 250-494-6530 or visit www.startwalkingnow.org.
The Fit-Friendly program is sponsored nationally by Subway Restaurants and locally by PHP.