To achieve this honor, Riverview Health implemented several initiatives that promoted a healthy culture in the workplace, which resulted in overall improved total cholesterol and hemoglobin A1C biometrics from 2009 through 2015. Some of the customized wellness programs provided to employees included the Holiday Hold, Waist Reduction, Reduce Your BMI, Spring into Motion and Cholesterol Education & Awareness. Employees at Riverview Health also have access to an online wellness portal allowing them to view various health and wellness resources. In addition, walking paths around the hospital were established to further encourage physical activity among employees.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and well-being a priority. 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 many 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 Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans, visit heart.org/worksitewellness.
About Riverview Health
Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital and 23 primary, immediate and specialty care facilities located throughout Hamilton and Tipton counties. Together, we provide comprehensive healthcare services in 35 medical specialties-and have frequently been recognized for our clinical and service excellence. For more information, visit riverview.org.