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Worksites take steps to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity

Holy Cross Hospital, Inc. has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

To be recognized as a Platinum-level employer, Holy Cross Hospital:
• offers Associates physical activity options in the workplace,
• increases healthy eating options at the worksite,
• promotes a wellness culture in the workplace,
• implements at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture, and
• demonstrates measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

One of the innovative programs Holy Cross offers is the Healthy Lifestyle Incentive Program in which Associates and their spouses covered under the Holy Cross Hospital health insurance plan can earn points that may be used to receive a substantial discount in their health insurance premium.  Points are earned by completing preventative care measures, making healthy lifestyle choices, maintaining health indications such as blood pressure, attending free lectures offered by the hosptial’s physicians and participating in healthy activities. Participants are also enrolled in the Zero Co-Pay program offering a zero co-pay for generic prescriptions for high blood pressure, cholesterol control and diabetes.

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

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. 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. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Holy Cross Hospital now has the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.

A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed. 

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.

A member of Catholic Health East, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. The hospital is fully accredited by the independent Joint Commission and its medical team has earned a reputation for excellence unsurpassed in the community. To learn more about Holy Cross, visit www.holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.