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Beaumont Health System Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
Date:5/28/2013

Royal Oak, MI (PRWEB) May 28, 2013

Fit-Friendly Worksites take steps to improve health and productivity while reducing expense.

Beaumont Health System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

“Employee wellness and building a healthy workplace culture are important priorities at Beaumont,” says Gene Michalski, Beaumont Health System president and CEO. “As a health care provider, we believe we have a responsibility to help our employees remain healthy and fit and to serve as role models for the community. We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite.”

Employers with the platinum-level designation:

•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

Through its Beaumont Wellness program, Beaumont Health System offers onsite or nearby employee fitness centers with discounted rates; stocks its vending machines with low salt, low fat, low calorie snack items; is expanding fish and vegetarian food items in dining rooms while reducing beef, pork and poultry items; has a smoke-free environment with nicotine-free hiring; offers on-site wellness events and activities, such as health fairs, yoga, meditation and walking routes.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make employees’ health and wellness a priority.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of health care expenses and health-rel
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