Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 2, 2013

'Fit-Friendly Worksite'


The Daily Iowegian

---- — Mercy Medical Center has been recognized as a Gold-Level “Fit-Friendly Worksite” by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

Clint Christianson, president and CEO, said physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Mercy.

“We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite and are committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall,” Christianson said.

The healthy initiatives taken at Mercy include: An onsite exercise room, the Mercy Mile walking track mapped both inside and out, annual health risk assessment with insurance rebates for employees, the WOW program (a practice healthy habits and earn points system), healthy eating choices in the cafeteria, subsidized membership to the YMCA, a tobacco free campus environment and hiring policy, and an active Employee Wellness Committee.

The “Fit-Friendly Worksites” program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

“The Fit-Friendly Worksites 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,” said Heather McKelvey, RN, health promotion and wellness manager. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program.”

For more information about the “Fit-Friendly Worksites” program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit startwalkingnow.org.