WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains Hospital has been recognized as a platinum-level fit-friendly work site by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat healthier and move more.
Platinum is the highest level of fit-friendly recognition from the American Heart Association.
To receive recognition, platinum-level employers must offer employees physical activity options in the work place, increase healthy eating options, promote a wellness culture, implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture and demonstrate measurable outcomes related to work place wellness.
“The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping work sites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority,” according to Jennifer Gelick, regional director for Westchester and Putnam Counties of the American Heart Association. “White Plains Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to and investment in its employee’s health in several impressive ways.”
American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of health care expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at White Plains Hospital," said Frank J. LoCastro, Ed. D., wellness program coordinator at White Plains Hospital. "We are honored and excited to be recognized once again by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite."
White Plains Hospital offers employees on-site exercise classes, such as yoga and walking groups, discounts on gym memberships, a weekly wellness newsletter, stress reduction seminars, Weight Watchers at work, a smoking cessation program and other programs to promote a healthy lifestyle. An example was the successful Walking Wednesdays program the hospital implemented this summer that brought out dozens of employees each week for half-hour brisk walks around the campus and surrounding community.
For more information about the program, call (914) 694-6464 or visit www.heart.org/worksitewellness .