Wuesthoff Health System Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Worksites take steps to decrease healthcare expenses, increase productivity 

Rockledge, FL (June 28, 2013) – Wuesthoff Health System has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more, joining Brevard Public Schools in the growing list of qualified Worksites in Brevard County. 

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Wuesthoff Health System. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Tim Cerullo, CEO. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible and are now working towards reaching the Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.” 

Gold-level employers: 

  • 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. 
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

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. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. They are listed on the program’s national website, as well as related events throughout the year. 

“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line,” said Sara Virgin. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program”. 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 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

About Wuesthoff Health System 

The Mission of Wuesthoff Health System: Everyone doing everything to pursue the perfect patient experience. Wuesthoff Health System includes Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne, both full acute care hospitals and Wuesthoff Health Services, a network of affiliates providing hospice, home-care, home medical equipment, skilled nursing care and assisted living services.