DATE: May 1, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Kelleher, Director
Broward County Human Resources
Broward County has received national recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) for its workplace wellness program. The County was recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for helping employees eat better and exercise more.
The American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly award is given to companies and organizations that promote healthy living among employees through comprehensive programs that emphasize physical wellness. Of the six states which comprise the American Heart Association's Greater Southeast Affiliate, 252 worksites applied for this award and Broward County was one of only 42 to achieve Platinum recognition.
To receive Platinum recognition, a worksite must demonstrate a positive outcome of at least 10 percent in behavior change, cost savings or return on investments. Broward County recorded a 12.5 percent positive change in costs savings based on reports on demographics, cost share and utilization of services provided by the County's medical carriers.
"We are honored to receive this award as it recognizes how seriously our employees are working to improve their wellness, and how dedicated Broward County is to promoting the events and activities that help develop healthier lifestyles," said Kevin Kelleher, director of Broward County's Human Resources Division. The County previously received the AHA Gold Standard award in 2011 and 2012.
Broward County's Wellness Program is the result of collaboration with its health benefits provider, Humana. The County’s Wellness Program takes a multifaceted-approach to address the health needs of its more than 5,000 employees. Some highlights include:
- The number of Wellness Resource Centers, which offer interactive events throughout the year, including guest speakers, healthy cooking seminars, fitness demonstrations and one-on-one nutritional counseling, has increased from three to 12.
- LifeClinic Health Stations use enhanced technology to allow individuals to measure and monitor health data, such as blood pressure, body mass index and weight, and provide meaningful information to help individuals evaluate the success of their personal health initiatives. Employees can establish a secure account and use the stations to track their wellness goals, upload blood sugar readings from compatible glucometers, calculate steps walked from compatible pedometers and print charts and reports that can be shared with their doctor.
- Walkstations were added to the Wellness Centers in March 2012. At the end of 2012, employees had burned nearly 78,000 calories and walked more than 742 miles, averaging about 82 miles each month.
For more information on Broward County’s Wellness Program, visit broward.org/MyWellness.