Workplaces are often traps for unhealthy habits, consisting of sedentary days sitting at a desk, high stress to meet deadlines, unhealthy food options and meetings laden with sugary snacks and drinks. The American Heart Association and My Heart. My Life sponsor Advocate BroMenn Medical Center are encouraging Bloomington-Normal workplaces to take action to make employees healthier on Wednesday, November 7th, National Eating Healthy Day.
“National Eating Healthy Day was created to help keep employees healthy,” said American Heart Association Corporate Events Director Melissa Chrisman. “Our research has proven that healthier employees mean happier, more productive work environments, not to mention a major savings in health insurance premiums. Providing education and healthier eating options at work is a major step in achieving a healthy workplace.”
Advocate BroMenn makes it easy for employees in their medical plan to make good choices by offering them and their spouse/partner the opportunity to participate in “Healthe You,” a comprehensive wellness initiative offered free of charge. Healthe You provides a live health screening, an online risk assessment, one-on-one phone coaching with a wellness expert, interactive online programs and tools, and financial incentives called “Healthe Rewards.” There’s even a Healthe You-branded walking path within the hospital that employees can take advantage of on their breaks.
“BroMenn associates have really embraced the Healthe You program,” said Tony Coletta, vice president of human resources for Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. “Participating not only helps them lead healthier lives, but it also saves them money on medical expenses and supports our goal of providing our associates with excellent and affordable health care benefits.”
WAYS YOUR COMPANY CAN CELEBRATE NATIONAL EATING HEALTHY DAY:
- Schedule an employee rally and recognize those who have made healthy changes such as quitting smoking, losing weight or exercising more.
- Provide heart-healthy snacks.
- Conduct a healthy “lunch n’ learn” where employees can eat a heart-healthy lunch and participate in an educational presentation on a topic such as cooking, exercising, lowering stress, etc.
- Send quizzes to your staff to see how knowledgeable they are about heart health.
- Set up “walking meetings” to encourage physical activity throughout the day.
American Heart Association research shows that companies that institute workplace wellness programs see a $3 to $15 return for each dollar invested. According to the American Heart Association’s Employee Wellness White Paper, companies can also see true value when they are able to move to a lower risk status, which can result in saving up to $53 per employee on health insurance costs.
Companies can download a number of resources, including the American Heart Association’s Wellness White Paper, fliers, posters and additional ideas at www.startwalkingnow.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.
About Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, located in Bloomington-Normal, has been serving and caring for the people of central Illinois for more than 115 years. As the health care leader in McLean County, BroMenn provides healing and discovery, while simultaneously offering the warm touch of professional caregivers who form the BroMenn family.
A 221-bed hospital renowned for its neuro, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s services, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is also a teaching facility, offering residency programs in Neurosurgery, Family Practice and Clinical Pastoral Education. Part of Advocate Health Care, the facility has won several awards for clinical quality and patient satisfaction. BroMenn also has several active partnerships with other organizations, including a community cancer center, an Advanced MRI site, a sports enhancement center, a sleep disorders center, an addiction recovery unit, and an assisted living facility.