A Fit-Friendly kind of place
For a second year in a row, BIDMC has been named an American Heart Association Gold Start! Fit-Friendly Company.
The medical center achieved gold status by recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace for staff and by offering ways to get physically fit.
"This award recognizes BIDMC's continued commitment to enhancing the health of their employees through innovative wellness programs that promote a more active and healthy lifestyle," said Jenifer Babineau, Fitness and Wellness Manager, Tanger Be Well Center. "BIDMC supports employees in these efforts by increasing heart healthy menu options in the cafeterias, subsidizing membership to the Tanger Be Well Center and providing a smoke free work environment."
Adult Americans spend the majority of their waking hours at work, many in sedentary careers - amplifying the risk for medical problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Obesity alone costs American businesses $12.7 billion in medical expenses and $225.8 billion in health-related productivity losses per year.
Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program participants implement various options to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food options in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools.