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Published on May 17, 2010

Abington Recognized as One of the Region's Healthiest Employers

ABINGTON, PA (May 17, 2010) — Abington Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the healthiest employers in the region, in the Philadelphia Business Journal's inaugural Healthy WorkPlace Awards.

"Abington is proud to be recognized for its focus on wellness in the workplace," said Meghan Patton, vice president, Human Resources, Abington Memorial Hospital. "We continue to look for way to enhance our commitment to the health of our employees, with the goal of providing high quality, comprehensive and effective health and wellness programs."

The hospital's "A Healthier, Wealthier You" program focuses on promoting healthy living and lifestyle changes. Programs consist of a weight loss challenge, disease management, learning sessions and a range of wellness topics. The weight loss program is offered free to our employees and runs year round.

An employee fitness center was built within the hospital, through the financial support of Abington's employees, and with the help of outside donors - Jerome M. Zaslow, Arnold Zaslow and Spencer Zaslow, who donated the first $150,000. Employees have access, free of charge, to this facility, as well as the fitness institute which is situated on another campus. Employees are encouraged to have a one-on-one consultation with a fitness trainer before participating in any exercise program. Exercise programs, such as Zumba and Yoga, are offered to our employees for a minimal fee.

In order to further assist employees in making better dietary choices in the cafeteria, 400 calorie meals are offered. In addition, employees are encouraged to participate in health fairs and to complete a Health Risk Assessment. The health fairs, provided free of charge, offer a large variety of health screening options, including glucose, blood pressure, stroke risk assessment, body mass index (BMI) and massage. Any employee completing a Health Risk assessment will receive a $65 incentive in 2010.

In June, the Philadelphia Business Journal will honor 36 employers that have gone out of their way to encourage physical activity and positive health choices among their staff. Specific ranks of the winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Sheraton Center City on June 2 and in a special supplement in the June 4 edition of the Business Journal.

Abington was selected by an eight-person panel made up of Business Journal staff and independent judges. They scored nominations based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative information about company wellness programs and perks. Judges singled out workplaces with abundant fitness ideas, creative wellness programs and incentives that foster healthy lifestyles.

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