Championing the way in promoting healthy lifestyles for their employees, two Paducah hospitals were recognized for reaching gold-level Fit-Friendly companies by the American Heart Association.
Lourdes hospital recently joined Western Baptist Hospital in achieving the award by encouraging their employees to eat right and stay active through an ongoing series of programs and initiatives, according to the AHA.
“Many of us spend the majority of our day at the office, which is why it is so critical for companies to offer healthy lifestyle options for their employees,” said Jamie Smith, division director for the AHA. “We are pleased to recognize both hospitals for their achievement of making their workplaces heart healthy.”
Gold-level Fit-Friendly companies are recognized for offering employees physical activity options in the workplace; increasing the amount of healthy eating options; promoting a wellness culture in the workplace; and embracing activity, nutrition and culture criteria outlined by the AHA.
“At Lourdes hospital we know our associates are our most valuable asset. Investing time and resources into their health and wellness is priceless because it helps us provide excellence in patient care,” said Lindsey Wiles, Health and Wellness Coordinator for Lourdes.
American employers face increasing health care expenses and health-related losses in productivity that cost an estimated $225.8 billion a year.
Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs, and their lack of physical activity can raise a risk for additional medical problems.
The AHA encourages change in the corporate culture by motivating employees to maintain healthy lifestyles.
To apply for the Fit-Friendly company program, call 270-846-5061 or visit startwalkingnow.org.