American Heart Association Recognizes KAISER SSF & RWC

February 24, 2014                  Press Release Submitted by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco and Redwood City Medical Centers Recognized as American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksites

Wellness programs keep health care providers and staff on the move

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and be more active.

Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Kaiser Permanente and this award reinforces that commitment.   Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksites are recognized for the following achievements:

  • 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.

 

Kaiser SSF

Kaiser Permanente  SSF

The Fit-Friendly Worksite program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites makes their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

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.

”Kaiser Permanente is proud to receive this recognition,” said Frank Beirne,  Sr. Vice President and Area Manager, San Mateo Area. “Throughout our long history, prevention and healthy lifestyles has been a key focus.  Together with the American Heart Association delivering this important message will help to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, exercising and living healthier lives. “

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit startwalkingnow.org.

 

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 9.1 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. 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.

 

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