Fit-Friendly Worksites in Indiana

Updated:Feb 13,2014
INDIANAPOLIS — 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 ListIndianapolisGold MED InstituteWest LafayetteGold
Apex Benefits Group (New)IndianapolisGold Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (New)JasperGold
Ball State UniversityMuncieGold Monarch Beverage (New)IndianapolisGold
Celadon GroupIndianapolisPlatinum Mulzer Crushed Stone (New)Tell CityGold
Citizens Energy GroupIndianapolisPlatinum Neace LukensIndianapolisGold
City of Franklin (New)FranklinGold OFS Brands (New)HuntinburgGold
Community Health NetworkIndianapolisPlatinum Saint Meinrad Archabbey (New)St. MeinradGold
CSN (New)Terre HauteGold Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (New)MishawakaGold
Deaconess Health SystemEvansvillePlatinum Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (New)ElkhartGold
DeKalb HealthAuburnGold South Bend Medical FoundationSouth BendGold
Delta Faucet CompanyIndianapolisGold St. Francis Hospital & Health CentersIndianapolisPlatinum
DuBois Wood Products (New)HuntingburgGold St. Mary's (New)EvansvilleGold
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (New)EvansvilleGold Terre Haute Regional HospitalTerre HauteGold
General Electric-Fort Wayne Power ConversionFort WayneGold Tobias Insurance GroupIndianapolisGold
Hobart Family YMCAHobartGold Toyota Motor Manufacturing (New)PrincetonPlatinum
Horseshoe Southern Indiana (New)ElizabethGold UnifraxNew CarlislePlatinum
Indiana Blood CenterIndianapolisPlatinum Union HospitalTerre HautePlatinum
Indiana University Health West HospitalAvonPlatinum University of Southern Indiana (New)EvansvilleGold
Ingram Micro Mobility (New)PlainfieldGold VectrenEvansvillePlatinum
Interactive IntelligenceIndianapolisGold Welborn Baptist Foundation (New)EvansvilleGold
IU Health La Porte HospitalLa PorteGold Wishard-Eskenazi HealthIndianapolisGold
Ivy Tech Community College (New)EvansvilleGold Witham Health ServicesLebanonPlatinum
Jasper Rubber Products (New)JasperGold YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New)EvansvillePlatinum
Jay County Hospital (New)PortlandGold    

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.

Media Contact: Tim Harms
317-732-4714
tim.harms@heart.org