All three Yale New Haven Health System hospitals are now recognized as Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksites by the American Heart Association for encouraging employees to consume healthier foods and beverages and remain more physically active. Bridgeport and Greenwich hospitals achieved the distinction this year, joining Yale-New Haven Hospital, which earned the recognition last year.
Fit-Friendly worksites offer employees physical activity options such as walking trails and fitness classes, increase healthy eating options in their dining facilities, and promote a wellness culture in the workplace through onsite health screenings and employee assistance programs. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.
According to a press release from Yale New Haven Health System, 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.