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Is your company Fit-Friendly? The American Heart Association wants to recognize you

Call for applicants underway; next deadline is July 31st

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – If you’re a company going above and beyond when it comes to your employees’ health, the American Heart Association wants to recognize you as a Fit-Friendly Worksite.

The American Heart Association Fit-Friendly program is free and offers companies tools to create a healthier workplace environment. Fit-Friendly companies are recognized for carrying out wellness activities such as a company walking program and routes, gym access, allowing staff to wear athletic shoes on designated “sneaker days” or making sure healthy foods and beverages are in company meetings and vending machines. Companies apply online and are selected twice per year by a national committee.

The next deadline for Fit-Friendly Worksite applications and renewals is July 31st.

There are currently more than 50 Fit-Friendly companies in Middle Tennessee. The number has been growing steadily for the past few years.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk. Adult Americans spend most of their waking hours at work – many of them sitting at a desk. Studies show that worksite physical activity programs can help improve health, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and reduce healthcare costs. Companies are encouraged to share their innovative solutions aiding employee health.

Immediate benefits of the program include:

  • Employee access to program resources and tracking tools.
  • Materials to help promote company wellness programs to employees.
  • Newsletter templates for internal distribution to employees.

It’s easy to gain recognition for the work a company is doing to help fight heart disease and promote wellness. Simply visit http://ffc.heart.org for the online application or contact the American Heart Association in Nashville at 615.340.4100.

Fit Friendly is part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. movement encouraging healthy living.



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