Workplace Health Achievement Index Recognition & Awards

Updated:Sep 12,2017

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to qualify for bronze, silver or gold level recognition based on their total Index score. The framework of the Workplace Health Achievement Index was built so that organizations would continue to strive to improve the health of their workplace and their workforce from one year to the next.

All public and private sector organizations may participate and be recognized, with the exception of tobacco companies or their corporate subsidiaries or parents. “Subsidiary” and “parent” are defined as an entity in which there exists a 5% or greater ownership by or of a tobacco company.

Index Recognition

The Workplace Health Achievement Index scores organizations on 55 individual best practices, organized into seven categories of organizational best practices (leadership, engagement, programs, policies and environment, partnerships, communications, and reporting outcomes) and the objective, unbiased science-based assessment of overall workplace heart health using aggregate data from My Life Check or aggregate an equivalent source.

A maximum of 217 points is possible for completion of the Workplace Health Achievement Index during the first year of participation. In subsequent years, organizations are scored out of 250 points because additional points are possible based on demonstrated year-to-year improvement in the overall heart health and participation of the workforce.


Year one: Index scores
of 175 – 217 points
Year two: Index scores
of 200 – 250 points


Year one: Index scores
of 130 – 174 points
Year two: Index scores
of 150 – 199 points


Year one: Index scores
of 86 – 129 points
Year two: Index scores
of 100 – 149 points

Awards and Recognition Benefits

Depending on the recognition or award, recipients may receive:

  • Congratulatory letter to CEO from the American Heart Association CEO, Nancy Brown
  • Listed on Recognitions website
  • Plaque and window decal for medal winners personally delivered by AHA field staff
    (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Fill-in-the-blank press release for one-time use (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Digital icon badge of recognition level with AHA proclaimer statement to use internally and externally on webpages, social media, and recruitment/retention materials (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Template for social media use (LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter), and a template news release for your company’s localized one-time use (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Company name in national advertorial for with social amplification and digital promotion of web listing (Gold, Silver)

Usage Guidelines

Please refer to the Usage Guidelines for allowed use of recognition materials.

Recognition and Award Process

Recognitions and awards are based on a company’s score from completing the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index. The Index remains available to organizations year-round. We encourage organizations to use the Index as reference for the improvements to make in workplace health promotion practices and policies. We also encourage organizations to make updates to the Index as progress is made. The goal of the Index is to drive organizational improvements and improve the heart health of employees. Improvements you make in the workplace will reflect higher scores in the Index. Celebrate your workplace health achievement with recognition from the American Heart Association!

The annual deadline for updating the Index is March 31 at midnight Pacific Time. A record of your Index results is captured on this deadline and used to determine possible recognition. Recognition awards are announced in the late summer / early fall.

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