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Local Workplaces Make 'Fit-Friendly' List

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Region workplaces are among 47 Indiana companies recognized Thursday as "Fit-Friendly" by the American Heart Association.  Here's the full news release:
The American Heart Association today recognized 47 Indiana companies as Fit-Friendly Companies for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace, including 22 recognized for the first time. Nationally, the association recognized 1,802 companies during this application cycle.
The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line.
Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking 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.
Indiana companies designated this cycle as Fit-Friendly include:
Angie’s List                                                            Indianapolis        Gold
Apex Benefits Group (New)                                  Indianapolis        Gold
Ball State University                                              Muncie               Gold
Celadon Group                                                       Indianapolis        Platinum
Citizens Energy Group                                           Indianapolis        Platinum
City of Franklin (New)                                          Franklin              Gold
Community Health Network                                 Indianapolis        Platinum
CSN (New)                                                            Terre Haute        Gold
Deaconess Health System                                      Evansville           Platinum
DeKalb Health                                                       Auburn               Gold
Delta Faucet Company                                          Indianapolis        Gold
DuBois Wood Products (New)                              Huntingburg       Gold
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (New)       Evansville           Gold
General Electric-Fort Wayne Power Conversion   Fort Wayne        Gold
Hobart Family YMCA                                           Hobart                Gold
Horseshoe Southern Indiana (New)                       Elizabeth            Gold
Indiana Blood Center                                            Indianapolis        Platinum
Indiana University Health West Hospital              Avon                  Platinum
Ingram Micro Mobility (New)                               Plainfield            Gold
Interactive Intelligence                                          Indianapolis        Gold
IU Health La Porte Hospital                                  La Porte              Gold
Ivy Tech Community College (New)                     Evansville           Gold
Jasper Rubber Products (New)                              Jasper                  Gold
Jay County Hospital (New)                                   Portland              Gold
MED Institute                                                        West Lafayette   Gold
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (New) Jasper                Gold
Monarch Beverage (New)                                      Indianapolis        Gold
Mulzer Crushed Stone (New)                                Tell City             Gold
Neace Lukens                                                         Indianapolis        Gold
OFS Brands (New)                                                Huntingburg       Gold
Saint Meinrad Archabbey (New)                           St. Meinrad        Gold
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (New)                 Mishawaka         Gold
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (New)                 Elkhart                Gold
South Bend Medical Foundation                           South Bend        Gold
St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers                Indianapolis        Platinum
St. Mary’s (New)                                                   Evansville           Gold
Terre Haute Regional Hospital                               Terre Haute        Gold
Tobias Insurance Group                                         Indianapolis        Gold
Toyota Motor Manufacturing (New)                     Princeton            Platinum
Unifrax                                                                   New Carlisle       Platinum
Union Hospital                                                       Terre Haute        Platinum
University of Southern Indiana (New)                  Evansville           Gold
Vectren                                                                   Evansville           Platinum
Welborn Baptist Foundation (New)                      Evansville           Gold
Wishard-Eskenazi Health                                       Indianapolis        Gold
Witham Health Services                                         Lebanon             Platinum
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New)               Evansville           Platinum

Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools.  Companies that achieve Platinum recognition — the highest tier — take the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts.
According to the American Heart Association, companies can save up to $15 for every $1 spent on health and wellness within 12 to18 months of implementing a worksite wellness program. Each employee who works to lower their risk status saves their company an estimated $53 per year; these savings remain each year that employee maintains the low-risk level.
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.
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Companies program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit www.startwalkingnow.org


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