Worksites take steps to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity
Hudson Hospital has been 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 Hudson Hospital & Clinic. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Marian Furlong, President & CEO, Hudson Hospital & Clinic. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”
Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold level employers:
- Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace. Hudson Hospital offers the Fitness Center and classes through their Fitness & Wellness Studio.
- Increase healthy eating options at the worksite. Hudson Hospital embraces a dedicated journey to offer healthy foods including: locally grown produce; locally raised meats; and healthy beverage choices such as infused water.
- Promote a wellness culture in the workplace. Hudson Hospital supports HealthPartners wellness programs through their employee benefits. Hudson Hospital & Clinic is a smoke-free health campus and provides smoking cessation education and programs.
- Implement criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture.
- Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being 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.
“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers easy-to-implement ways for organizations to help employees eat better and move more, which will help improve their health – and their employer’s bottom line,” said Jason Kelecic, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of the Hudson Hospital Rehabilitation Center. The Center incorporates fitness and wellness programming into its regimen of traditional therapy services. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a fitness 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.”