Abington Health Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite for Third Consecutive Year
ABINGTON, PA (June 25, 2013)—Abington Health has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping its employees eat better and move more.
“Employee wellness is a top priority at Abington Health,” said Meg McGoldrick, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Abington Health. “We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for a third straight year. We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible that will not only benefit our employees’ health, but also produce more positive results for our institution overall.”
Gold-level employers must meet the following criteria:
- 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 six criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
Abington Health offers employees free access to fitness centers at Abington Memorial Hospital and Abington Health Center – Schilling, and provides classes such as yoga, zumba, reiki, aromatherapy, aquatic exercise, weight training and more. The organization sponsors free organized walks in the community, as well as at its walking trail at Lansdale Hospital. Abington Health also offers only rBGH-free milk and partners with local co-op farmers to promote organic and sustainable foods used in the cafeteria meals and sold to employees. In addition, all vending machines have been stocked with healthier options. In the last year, Abington Health partnered with HealthNext, a third party company that offers employees a unique set of health screening tools.
The Fit-Friendly Worksite program acts as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. American employers face increasing healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity that cost an estimated $225.8 billion a year. 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.
About Abington Health
Abington Health is the umbrella organization that encompasses its flagship hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. Abington Health also includes two convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center - Schilling in Willow Grove and Abington Health Center - Warminster in Bucks County. Together, these facilities serve more than 39,000 inpatients, 134,000 emergency patients and over 653,000 outpatient visits annually.
More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital. Additionally, Abington Health Physicians is an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington Health has more than 6,100 employees, making it one of the largest employers in Montgomery County.