High Companies Earn American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Platinum Award
Worksites take steps to decrease health care expenses, increase productivity
LANCASTER, PA―The High companies has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. The award is given to worksites that implement physical and nutrition activities and demonstrate a behavior change or a cost savings outcome due to a culture of wellness.
"We are honored to receive this award," said Darryl G. Gordon, vice president of human resource services for High. "We implemented the High Health Management Program in 2012 to encourage our co-workers to take control of their health. We believe that a healthy, productive workforce is essential to our sustained success as a business and as an active participant in the communities in which we work and live.”
The association defines platinum-level employers as:
Offering employees physical activity options in the workplace
Increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
Promoting a wellness culture in the workplace
Implementing at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
Demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness
High’s program for employee health includes free annual biometric screenings, financial incentives, and periodic health challenges. In addition, all High properties became tobacco-free in 2012; since then the company has realized a 50 percent reduction in tobacco use among employees.
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. The organization teams 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, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.