January 27, 2012
The Fit-Friendly Company initiative recognizes businesses that encourage employees to eat better and move more.
Mercy Hospital establishes a healthy workplace for employees and takes steps to create a culture of physical activity. In addition, the wellness culture is supported by efforts to improve physical, nutritional, and cultural changes for associates.
Mercy Hospital in Buffalo joins more than 1,000 companies that have been recognized nationally for their commitment to helping their employees achieve healthier lifestyles.
The hospital also participated in the AHA Start Eating Health Day in November by hosting a free Healthy Eating Seminar. Over 75 Mercy associates attended the event, which was presented by Michael Banas, MD, a Mercy Hospital cardiologist and AHA board member.
American employers face increasing healthcare 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. 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 Fit-Friendly recognition helps change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
The Fit-Friendly designation was awarded as part of the July 31st AHA application process. Fit-Friendly Companies is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® restaurants To view the complete list of the Fit-Friendly Companies, or to apply for recognition, visit startwalkingnow.org.
Cronan Long, Executive Director of the American Heart Association, presented Mercy Hospital with a Gold Fit-Friendly Company Award for the second year in a row. Accepting the plaque were Denise Stutzman, center, manager of Non-Invasive Cardiology Services, and Barbara Cook, both of the Mercy Associate Council Wellness Committee. Cardiologist Dr. Michael Banas, looking on, presented a Healthy Eating seminar for staff.