CareCore National Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company

Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs where a lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers continue to rise. 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 healthy habits including exercising and eating right.

The American Heart Association has recognized CareCore National as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Company for helping employees eat better and move more.

Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at CareCore National because healthcare is our business. We understand the value of having healthy employees, and we are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Company. We’re committed to providing a culture of wellness for our employees at work. This will benefit our employees’ health and result in higher productivity for our entire company.

The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change through integrating employee wellness efforts into daily office routines. The program highlights companies that have made the health and well-being of employees a priority. We support healthy living for our employees and this validates our efforts.

CareCore National is making wellness a priority by offering healthier vending options on campus, wellness educational “Lunch and Learn” events, employee health screenings, Weight Watchers at Work or online via payroll deduction, and smoking cessation support at work.

By bringing healthy lifestyle education into the workplace, CareCore National has increased the participation of its employees. The impact of this type of program was described in a 2010 study in HealthAffairs entitled “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings” by Baicker et al. They report that these programs not only improve the health of employees but also have positive returns for employers with both decreased absenteeism and decreased overall health care costs.

For more information about the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Work sites program, click here.

To see the full text version of the 2010 Health Affairs Study, click here or here.

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