Cuyahoga Falls, OH – The American Heart Association has awarded Western Reserve Hospital with its highest “Fit-Friendly” worksite honors based on the hospital’s many programs and initiatives that encourage the staff to make healthy choices.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and making the choice to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle can literally be a life or death decision,” said Dr. Michael Bage, cardiologist at Western Reserve Hospital. “We actively encourage our employees to be healthy, and we’re honored to be recognized for our success with this award.”
Fit-Friendly workplaces are selected based on a set of detailed criteria. In order to achieve the highest “platinum” level, workplaces must offer employees physical activity support, increased healthy eating options and promote a wellness culture. Platinum employers must implement at least six physical activity criteria, two nutrition criteria, one culture criteria and at least one other behavior change or cost savings outcome. Fit-Friendly honors are assessed and awarded twice per year.
“As a hospital, many of our employees take their personal health very seriously, and we’re proud to provide numerous effective outlets for them,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator. “Receiving the platinum-level award is a testament to our vision of creating a healthier work environment.”
The hospital’s FITone wellness program offers employees a wide variety of health initiatives, including walking paths, healthy cafeteria options, exercise programs during and after work hours, stress management, self-defense classes and more.  Between January and March, the staff at Western Reserve participated in a weight-loss competition with 13 other organizations, winning second place by shedding a collective 828 pounds.