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||MED Institute||West Lafayette||Gold|
|Apex Benefits Group (New)||Indianapolis||Gold||Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (New)||Jasper||Gold|
|Ball State University||Muncie||Gold||Monarch Beverage (New)||Indianapolis||Gold|
|Celadon Group||Indianapolis||Platinum||Mulzer Crushed Stone (New)||Tell City||Gold|
|Citizens Energy Group||Indianapolis||Platinum||Neace Lukens||Indianapolis||Gold|
|City of Franklin (New)||Franklin||Gold||OFS Brands (New)||Huntinburg||Gold|
|Community Health Network||Indianapolis||Platinum||Saint Meinrad Archabbey (New)||St. Meinrad||Gold|
|CSN (New)||Terre Haute||Gold||Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (New)||Mishawaka||Gold|
|Deaconess Health System||Evansville||Platinum||Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (New)||Elkhart||Gold|
|DeKalb Health||Auburn||Gold||South Bend Medical Foundation||South Bend||Gold|
|Delta Faucet Company||Indianapolis||Gold||St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers||Indianapolis||Platinum|
|DuBois Wood Products (New)||Huntingburg||Gold||St. Mary's (New)||Evansville||Gold|
|Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (New)||Evansville||Gold||Terre Haute Regional Hospital||Terre Haute||Gold|
|General Electric-Fort Wayne Power Conversion||Fort Wayne||Gold||Tobias Insurance Group||Indianapolis||Gold|
|Hobart Family YMCA||Hobart||Gold||Toyota Motor Manufacturing (New)||Princeton||Platinum|
|Horseshoe Southern Indiana (New)||Elizabeth||Gold||Unifrax||New Carlisle||Platinum|
|Indiana Blood Center||Indianapolis||Platinum||Union Hospital||Terre Haute||Platinum|
|Indiana University Health West Hospital||Avon||Platinum||University of Southern Indiana (New)||Evansville||Gold|
|Ingram Micro Mobility (New)||Plainfield||Gold||Vectren||Evansville||Platinum|
|Interactive Intelligence||Indianapolis||Gold||Welborn Baptist Foundation (New)||Evansville||Gold|
|IU Health La Porte Hospital||La Porte||Gold||Wishard-Eskenazi Health||Indianapolis||Gold|
|Ivy Tech Community College (New)||Evansville||Gold||Witham Health Services||Lebanon||Platinum|
|Jasper Rubber Products (New)||Jasper||Gold||YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New)||Evansville||Platinum|
|Jay County Hospital (New)||Portland||Gold|
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