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Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement

The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees move more, eat better and provide greater access to opportunities to improve lifestyle.

“Employee wellness and physical activity are important at the Mohawk Valley Health System,”said Regina Rybka-Lagattuta, PHR, assistant vice president of Human Resources.“We are honored and excited to be recognized again by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite. We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. It benefits our employees’ health and produces positive results for our worksite overall.”

Gold-level employers offer employees physical activity options in the workplace, increase healthy eating options at the worksite and promote a wellness culture in the workplace. 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.

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. 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.

“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers an easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health,” said Rybka-Lagattuta. “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 www.heart.org.