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Published on August 01, 2016

Abington – Jefferson Health Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold SealABINGTON, PA (August 1, 2016) – Abington-Jefferson 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-Jefferson Health,” said Meg McGoldrick, president, Abington-Jefferson Health. “We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite again. 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-Jefferson Health offers employees free access to fitness centers at Abington Hospital and Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, 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-Jefferson 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. Abington-Jefferson Health is also 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 $316.6 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.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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