For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
May 23, 2013
Fit-Friendly Worksites take steps to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity
South Weymouth, MA—May 23, 2013—South Shore Hospital continues to be recognized as a 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 South Shore Hospital. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Robert Wheeler, vice president of Human Resources. “We’re committed to providing the healthiest workplace environment possible.”
Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.
- Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.
- Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.
- Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
South Shore Hospital promotes well-being for its employees through its “Choices for Healthy Living” Program which offers opportunities such as onsite health coaching, health screening clinics, and summer fitness program. The hospital’s employees also participate in onsite yoga and aerobics classes.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce, helping employers help their employees make health and wellness 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. 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 performed.
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites 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.
About South Shore Hospital
South Shore Hospital is a 378-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. 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.