Worksites aim to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity and employee morale
YUMA, AZ – August 24, 2016 – Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
Yuma Regional Medical Center implemented Fit for Life in 2013 as a workplace wellness program for employees and families, with the goal of improving their health and quality of life.
This is the second time YRMC's Fit for Life program has been recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite.
- Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace
- Increase healthy eating options at the worksite
- Promote a wellness culture in the workplace
- Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
- Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness
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. Fit-Friendly Worksites programs like Fit for Life at YRMC are a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees' health and well-being a priority.
"Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Yuma Regional Medical Center," said Jenn Lotz, Director of Corporate Health for YRMC. "YRMC is committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite."
The success of YRMC's Fit for Life program is the basis for Healthy Workforce, which helps Yuma businesses improve the health of their own employees. Through Healthy Workforce, YRMC assists community businesses with implementing and maintaining their own employee wellness programs through biometric health screenings, monthly wellness education and programming, newsletters, healthy recipes and challenges. Together, Healthy Workforce is committed to producing effective wellness programs for local companies similar in structure and success of YRMC's own internal wellness program.
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program, along with how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, visit heart.org/worksitewellness. For more information on YRMC's Wellness program or to start a workplace wellness program for your organization, visit yumaregional.org/wellness or call 928-336-7958.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.
Yuma Regional Medical Center
is a 406-bed, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to the residents of Yuma and the surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona. The YRMC team includes more than 2,000 employees, 300 medical providers and hundreds of volunteers who work closely together to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment for patients and their families.
Yuma Regional Medical Center