ProMedica Recognized as an American Heart Association Start! Fit-Friendly Company
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TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 9, 2012 – ProMedica has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association’s Start! initiative for championing the health of their employees and for working to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace. Start! helps change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
In the past year, ProMedica has implemented a Healthy Nutrition policy that requires healthy food choices to be offered in facility cafeterias, vending machines and at any ProMedica event. Employees have also been provided a 50% membership reduction at ProMedica fitness facilities and at specific YMCA locations.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at ProMedica. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s Start! movement as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company,” said Arturo Polizzi, chief human resources officer. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our company overall.”
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 deskbound 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 Start! 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,” said Laura Ritzler, co-director, ProMedica Wellness. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program.”
For more information about ProMedica, visit www.promedica.org. For more information about the Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program visit www.startwalkingnow.org.
ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S., was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.