Nine Winston-Salem companies have been recognized as 2012 Fit-Friendly Worksites by the American Heart Association.
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Corning Cable Systems, Cook Endoscopy and HanesBrands have earned Platinum-level Fit-Friendly Companies status for showcasing excellence in employee-focused initiatives on wellness. BB&T, Novant Health, Lowes Foods, Salemtowne Retirement Community and Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community have received Gold-level Fit-Friendly Company Awards. In addition, Cook Endoscopy also received a 2012 Worksite Innovation Award for its employee wellness initiatives.
Fit-Friendly Worksites are recognized nationally by the American Heart Association as employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. These companies provide convenient ways for employees to eat better and be more active throughout their work day, including creating walking routes, promoting on-site exercise programs, developing tracking tools and offering incentives for employees that improve their health.
The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Program is designed to be a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.
According to the AHA, American employers face increasing healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity that cost an estimated $225.8 billion a year. Fit-Friendly Companies help change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.